|Title:||Walter P. Murphy, Jr., Papers|
|Repository:||ECU Manuscript Collection|
|Abstract:||Reminiscences (1999) of Capt. Walter P. Murphy, Jr. (US Navy ret.) a member of the U. S. Naval Academy Class of 1941, of his service as a junior naval officer during World War II, 1941-1944: "Support Force [19 May - 7 Dec. 1941]" (9/9/1999, 3p.); "Sailfish vs Chuyo, [1 April 1942 - October 1944]" (9/6/1999, 6p.); "Wedding" [1 April - 7 August 1942]|
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May 4, 2001 (unprocessed), 3 items, 12 pages; Three autobiographical accounts of Walter P. Murphy's experiences during World War II: "Support Force [19 May - 7 Dec. 1941]" (9/9/1999, 3p.); "Sailfish vs Chuyo, [1 April 1942 - October 1944]" (9/6/1999, 6p.); "Wedding" [1 April - 7 August 1942] (9/9/1999, 3p.). Donor: Capt. Walter P. Murphy, Jr.
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Walter P. Murphy, Jr., Papers (#819), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
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The 20th Yearbook (1961) had me finishing War College and headed for a year in a tanker. There followed three interesting years in London with the Royal Navy, working on the US/UK Polaris Program. Retired in September 1966 to accept a civil service position with NASA as senior Staff Officer to the Director of Kennedy Space Center where I stayed for seven years during the entire Apollo Program. Then came a five-year "hardship tour" in Paris as the NASA European Representative. Ruth and I lived in a top floor apartment on the Left Bank, overlooking the rooftops and sites of that beautiful city. We had no car or TV, I walked to the office, we did all our shopping on the local economy, and we traveled extensively. In 1978 we returned to California, where I headed up the NASA Office at Vandenberg AFB that assisted the USAF in the building of a shuttle launch site, as yet unused. We also launched a dozen or so satellites on NASA Delta rockets. Retired again in 1983 and continue to live in Santa Barbara. Three children all married: seven grandchildren. Oldest son, Patrick, is now Captain, USN "climbing the rigging like his Daddy used to do".
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