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Robert G. Black Papers, 1942-1943, 1962-1972

(Manuscript Collection #800)

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Title: Robert G. Black Papers
Creator: Black, Robert G.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1942-1972) of a U.S. Navy officer, including original memos, reports, newsletters, photographs, a certificate; and photocopies of war patrol reports and maps for the USS Flying Fish, during World War II.
Extent: 0.4 Cubic feet, 43 items , consisting of naval officer's biography, four U.S. Navy submarine war patrol reports (Second World War), memos, reports, newsletters, a certificate, 28 photographs, and patrol maps.

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Accessions Information

August 29, 2000, 1 volume; Papers (1942-1972) of U.S. Navy officer, including memos, reports, newsletters, photographs, a certificate, and photocopies of war patrol reports and maps for the USS FLYING FISH during World War II. Gift of Captain Robert G. Black, USN (Retired), Greenville, NC.

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Copyright Notice

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

Preferred Citation

Robert G. Black Papers (#800), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Captain Robert G. Black

Processing Information

  • Processed by C. Cartellone, January 2002

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

Robert G. Black, Sr., (October 22, 1917-July 8, 2008) from Gallatin, Missouri, attended the University of Tulsa (1936-1938), and then Louisiana State University where he graduated in June 1941 with a B.S. degree in Petroleum Geology. He immediately entered the U.S. Navy and was commissioned in the United States Naval Reserve. He attended Midshipman School, Northwestern University, and graduated in 1941. He served aboard submarines in the Pacific during the Second World War. After the war he remained with submarines and was assigned as commander of the U.S. Navy's first nuclear submarine division (Division 102) in 1957 and later served in various positions in charge of personnel. Black earned his M.S. degree in International Affairs from George Washington University in 1966 and assumed command of the U.S. naval station in San Juan, Puerto Rico (1969-1971). He was awarded several decorations and medals for his service in the Second World War such as silver, gold, and bronze stars, and campaign, defense, service, and victory medals. Black also received a Meritorious Service Medal for service as director of the Personnel Research Division of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (1966-1969). He is married to Jane Forbes of Greenville, N.C., and has one son, Robert G. Black, Jr. He retired from the Navy in 1972, and then worked for Data-Design Laboratories for almost twelve years before retiring a second time in 1984 and settling in Greenville, N.C.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The collection contains photocopies of four war patrol reports (1942-1943) for the submarine USS FLYING FISH with the Pacific Fleet. Detailed information covers exact dates and times, position by latitude and longitude, weather conditions, heading, speed, names and types of enemy ships, and ranges in yards. The commander's narrative discusses specific information concerning experiences in attacks, firing torpedoes, mechanical problems, sights, and sounds.

There are memoranda (1972) discussing proposed modifications to naval organizations for the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS) and official reports concerning the Naval Training Device Center (1962-1964).

Miscellaneous items include a two-page biography of key events in Black's life and positions he held while in the Navy; newsletters from the USS HUNLEY, Submarine Squadron 4, and the U.S. naval station at San Juan's officers' mess, profiling him (1965, 1974); images of the HUNLEY picnic on July 4, 1964; and a Meritorious Service Medal certificate (1969). Also included are photocopies of maps showing plotted courses of submarine war patrols.

There are several photographs in the collection of various naval personnel, officers, and crew that served with Black. Photographs of naval vessels include the submarines: USS FLYING FISH, USS CLAMAGORE, USS SABLEFISH, USS THORNBACK, and the submarine tender USS HUNLEY.

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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