This collection contains a record book of Abbott Hall, USNR Midshipmen's School with a forward by James V. Forrestal the Secretary of the Navy, which is autographed by about twenty of Eglee's classmates, two of the signatures from a good friend signed "Smitty." There are black and white photographs from 1945 at Midshipmen's school aboard the USS
WILMETTE , gun and loading drills, classmates (only with one other person identified: E.K. Welles), and the Chicago skyline.
There are statements of drill attendance in New Haven, Connecticut, for the years 1946-1950, and an enlisted service record notebook (1943-1946) containing Eglee's writing of his early career in the USNR, including favorite musicians of the time, places he visited on leave, and names and addresses of friends.
Official correspondence from the Bureau of Naval Personnel includes training duty orders, data cards, Bureau of Naval Personnel qualifications questionnaires, request and acceptance of China Service Medal awarded in 1948 and documents autographed by Charles C. Coley, Commander of U.S. Navy, among others. There is also a letter from the Secretary of the Navy, Robert B. Anderson, on the subject of Eglee's rank in status in the USNR as lieutenant. There are also letters awarding Eglee the China Service Medal in 1948, a National Defense Service Medal in 1962, and Naval Reserve Medal in 1953. Also found are letters regarding Eglee's request to be placed on the retired list.
Officer Service records include four black and white photographs of Torpedo Practice aboard the USS
FRED T. BERRY (DD-858) in 1945 and training courses for Gunnery Officers of Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts. These courses cover emergency ship handling, procedures for gunnery firing exercises and training bills.
Order files from 1946-1952 include Registration Certificate card, Navy Certificate card, Veterans Administration cards and letters, Armed Service Discharge receipt as well as notice of separation papers.
There are two recorded ship histories from the Office of Naval Records and History of the USS
BEALE (DD 471) and the History of the USS
FRED T. BERRY (DD 858), which was requested by D.R. Eglee. Along with these items are the rosters of officers for the USS
BEALE (DD 471) for 1952 and the USS
ROBERT H. McCARD (DD 822) 1951-1952 in which Lieutenant Eglee served as Executive Gunnery Officer, and officer memos.
Printed forms, such as certificates and letters of commendation, satisfactory service and appointments mounted on cardboard are signed by various Secretaries of the Navy, such as James Forrestal in 1945 and twice in 1946, Francis P. Matthews in 1949, and Charles S. Thomas in 1957. Acting Secretary of the Navy, Richard Jackson signed Eglee's Honorable Discharge Certificate in October of 1957.
The oversize file contains two combat chart pencil tracings of torpedo practice, which were deemed 'confidential.'
PROVENANCE NOTE: Nancy H. Eglee is the widow of Donald R. Eglee.