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U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: Edwin Nils Johnson Papers, 1940-1969

Manuscript Collection #677-043

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Title: U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: Edwin Nils Johnson Papers
Creator: Johnson, Edwin Nils
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (ca. 1942-1945) pertaining primarily to the 7th amphibious Force, Beach Party #5, in the Central Pacific during World War II, including personnel and operations file, terrain study handbooks, histories of the 7th amphibious Force, clippings, photographs, certificates and miscellany.
Extent: 0.155 Cubic feet, 48 items , including classified amphibious landing orders, maps, navigational star charts and aids, military appointments, photographs, personal histories, and miscellaneous.

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Accessions Information

January 17, 1996, 48 items; Papers pertaining primarily to the 7th Amphibious Force, Beach Party #5, in the Central Pacific during War World II, including personnel and operations file, terrain study handbooks, histories of the 7th Amphibious Force, clippings, photographs, certificates, and miscellany. Gift of Mr. Edwin N. Johnson, Coral Gables, FL.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: Edwin Nils Johnson Papers (#677-043), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. Edwin N. Johnson

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Edwin Nils Johnson served as a United States Naval Reserve (USNR) officer during World War II and the Korea War (1940-1969). He received numerous certificates from military courses and appointments within the USNR. Johnson served with the 7th Fleet Amphibious Force, Beach Party #5, and participated in the invasion on Cebu Island, made other military landings in the Pacific, and returned upon retirement (May 10, 1969).

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The collection consists of military papers pertaining to the organization of the 7th Amphibious Force and Beach Party #5. Included are orders for USNR personnel to report for duty; radio call signs; task force organization, mobilization, and orders for deployment on amphibious maneuvers; confidential military maps; personnel rosters; tide charts; medical reports; and journal documentary of troop activities and movements.

Printed material include a history of the 7th Amphibious Force with photographs and a narrative; a document concerning maneuvers on Cebu Island and in the Leyte Gulf that vividly portrays the terrain and troop activities through the use of photographs, maps, and personal histories; books on navigation; and a watch officer's guide book.

Oversized items include a newspaper from Manila (August 11, 1949) that details the introduction and performance of American troops in battles throughout the Pacific, a chart of Cebu Island's harbor and approaches (1944), and a photograph.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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