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Walter P. Murphy, Jr., Papers, 1941-1942

Manuscript Collection #819

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Title: Walter P. Murphy, Jr., Papers
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
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]
Extent: 0.0010 Cubic feet.

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Accessions Information

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.

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

Walter P. Murphy, Jr., Papers (#819), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Capt. Walter P. Murphy, Jr.

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

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".

See also related Oral History #186

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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