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Donald R. Eglee Papers, 1940-1985 , undated

(Manuscript Collection #828)

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Title: Donald R. Eglee Papers
Creator: Eglee, Donald R.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Donald Read Eglee Papers relating to his service in the United States Navy and Naval Reserve, 1943-1984, including correspondence, notes, photographs, official service records, printed materials, etc.
Extent: 0.45 Cubic feet.

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Accessions Information

June 21, 2001 , 1 container, 418 items, 0.45 cubic feet; Donald Read Eglee Papers relating to his service in the United States Navy and Naval Reserve, 1943-1984, including correspondence, notes, photographs, official service records, printed materials, etc. Donor: Nancy H. Eglee.

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

Donald R. Eglee Papers (#828), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Nancy H. Eglee

Processing Information

  • Processed by Lillian Ricardo, April 28, 2005

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

Donald Read Eglee was born in 1925 in New Haven, Connecticut. Eglee attended Yale University where he earned a B.A. in Economics in 1949. He married, had three children and continued to reside in New Haven, where he worked at the First National Bank & Trust Company of Connecticut. Eglee soon enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was commissioned in the United States Naval Reserve (USNR). He graduated in July of 1945 from Midshipmen's School at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL and was next sent to the Naval Torpedo Station in Newport, RI. After this, Eglee attended the Naval Training Station in Norfolk, VA and performed permanent duty as a torpedo officer aboard the USS FRED T. BERRY (DD-858) from May 5 through June 18, 1946. Eglee performed overseas duty in Shanghai, China from June 19 through July 7, 1946, and was officially released from active duty on August 21, 1946. On October 29, 1946, he became attached to USNR Organized Surface Division 3-9 at its activation and remained with this unit until November 15, 1950. Eglee again reported to active duty on February 1, 1951, serving aboard the USS ROBERT H. McCARD (DD-822) and the USS BEALE (DDE-471). Eglee was released from active duty on November 21, 1952, and he was honorably discharged in October of 1957. During the Korean Emergency he served twenty-two months of sea duty, during World War II he served twenty-six months of duty in the U.S. and seven months of sea duty totaling to fifty-five months of active duty. He earned American and Pacific engagement stars. Eglee requested honorable discharge in 1957.

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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.

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The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Geographic Entries :

  • Chicago, IL
  • New Haven, CT
  • Newport, RI
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Shanghai, China

Autograph Entries :

  • Anderson, Robert B.
  • Coley, Charles C.
  • Forrestal, James [3]
  • Jackson, Richard
  • Mathews, Francis P.
  • Thomas , Charles S.

Subject Entries :

  • EDUCATION—Yale University
  • EDUCATION—Northwestern University—Midshipmen's School
  • U.S.—MILITARY—Navy—Ships—History—USS BEALE
  • U.S.—MILITARY—Navy—Ships— History—USS FRED T. BERRY
  • U.S.—MILITARY—Navy—Ships—USS ROBERT H. McCARD
  • U.S.—MILITARY—Navy—Ships—USS WILMETTE
  • U.S.—MILITARY—Navy—Torpedoes
  • U.S.—MILITARY—Navy-Training

Date Entries :

  • 1940-1949
  • 1950-1959
  • 1960-1969
  • 1980-1989

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Series 1:
Service Records
  • Box 1#0828.1
    • Folder a#0828.1.a
      Official correspondence, 67 items, 89p., July 1945-December 1949
    • Folder b#0828.1.b
      Official correspondence, 67 items, 89p., January 1950-March 1985
    • Folder c#0828.1.c
      Correspondence, registration certificate card, Naval certificate card, veterans administration cards, armed service discharge receipt. 15 items. 16p., 1946-1952
    • Folder d#0828.1.d
      Statements of Drill Attendance, 16 items. 16p., October 1946-October 1950
    • Folder e#0828.1.e
      Enlisted Service Record Notebook, 1 item. 46p., 1943-1946
    • Folder f#0828.1.f
      Officer Service Record: File No. 456515/Designator 1105, Part 1, 23 items. 30p., 1946-1957
    • Folder g#0828.1.g
      Officer Service Record: File No. 456515/Designator 1105, Part 2, 31 items. 32p., 1946-1957
    • Folder h#0828.1.h
      Certificates and letters of commendation, 8 items. 8p., July 1945- October 1957
Series 2:
Training Materials
  • Box 1#0828.1
    • Folder i#0828.1.i
      Torpedo Practice Photographs, USS Fred T. Berry (DD 858), 4 items, 4p., 9/24/1945 (see also, oversized materials)
    • Folder j#0828.1.j
      Training Manual: Course for Gunnery Officers of Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts, with typed and written notes. 4 items. 58 p., 1948
    • Folder k#0828.1.k
      Typescript procedures, notes and photograph from training course for gunnery officers, 18 items. 40p., 1950
    • Folder l#0828.1.l
      Personal photographs taken at U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School, Abbott Hall, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 9 items. 9p, June 1945
    • Folder m#0828.1.m
      Graduation program from U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School, Abbott Hall, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 2 items (1 duplicate). 6p., July 1945
    • Folder n#0828.1.n
      Publication: Abbott Hall U.S.N.R: The Record of the United States Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School, Abbott Hall, Northwestern University, September 1940-August 1945, 1 item. 166p., 1945
Series 3:
Navy Vessels
Series 4:
Oversized Materials
Oversize Folder os1#0828.os1
Torpedo Practice: Radar Controlled Combat Chart Tracings, (9/18/1945), 2 items, 2p.

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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