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Asa Wayne Arrington Papers, 1943-2004 , undated

(Manuscript Collection #849)

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Title: Asa Wayne Arrington Papers
Creator: Arrington, Asa Wayne
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Materials concerning World War II veterans of the destroyer escort USS Currier (DE 700), including correspondence, reminiscences, photographs, postcard, reunion material, videocassette tapes, and miscellany relating to the ship, its crew and reunions (1943-2004).
Extent: 0.91 Cubic feet, 2 archival boxes.

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

Accessions Information

February 16, 2002, ca. 35 items, 0.25 cubic feet; Correspondence (1999-2001), concerning World War II veterans of the USS Currier (DE 700), February 1942-February 1946. (0.05 cu. ft.). Donor: Mr. Asa Wayne Arrington.

February 3, 2004, (unprocessed addition 1), 111 items, 0.66 cubic feet; Papers (1943-2004) of crewmember of the destroyer escort USS Currier (DE 700), including correspondence, reminiscences, photographs, picture post card, reunion material, videocassette tapes, and miscellany relating to the ship, its crew, and reunions. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Mr. Asa Wayne Arrington.

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

Asa Wayne Arrington Papers (#849), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. Asa Wayne Arrington

Processing Information

  • Processed by Courtney L. Fuhrmeister, May 3, 2005

  • Encoded by Mark Custer, January 7, 2008


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

Asa Wayne Arrington was born May 10, 1925 in Twin Falls, ID. Shortly before his 18th birthday he was sworn into duty for the US Navy. In the summer of 1943 Arrington attended boot camp, and was then sent to Yeoman school in Newport, RI. Upon completion of Yeoman school Arrington went to Pier 91 in Norfolk, VA, where he helped commission the USS Currier (DE 700). Arrington remained on the USS Currier (DE 700) until the end of World War II. The ship made several journeys up and down the east coast of the United States as well as crossing the ocean and docking in North Africa. On the USS Currier (DE 700) Arrington participated in the invasion of South France in late 1944 as well as the invasion of Iwo Jima. Arrington became Yeoman 2nd Class and was released from service in April 1946. After the war, Arrington attended Business College and was employed in the bookkeeping profession in various U.S. cities. At the time of his donation, Arrington resided in Sacramento, CA with his friend Keith O'Toole.

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

The collection mainly consists of correspondence between Asa Wayne Arrington and other crew members of the USS Currier (DE 700) and historical information about World War II. Highlights of the correspondence include current status of crew members, war stories and crew reunion information. The most recent correspondence concerns the donation of Arrington's papers, as well as reunions and deaths of crew members. Other information in the collection offers details of life on the USS Currier (DE 700), including orders, newsletters, photographs, personal letters and the decommissioning ceremony. Personal histories of Asa "Wayne" Arrington and Joseph "Joe" Homovec are also included. Three videocassettes in the collection concentrate on the Invasion of Iwo Jima, the USS Currier (DE 700) reunion and a Voyager Landing.

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

Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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 :

  • Japan, Iwo Jima
  • Virginia, Norfolk
  • California, San Diego
  • California, Sacramento

Autograph Entries :

  • Arrington, Asa "Wayne"
  • Baker, John S.
  • Bale, Richard
  • Buehler, William "Bill"
  • Homovec, Ginny and Joseph "Joe"
  • Johnson, Al
  • Kenyon, Robert M.
  • Letson, Ann and Bob
  • McAfee, R.
  • Thurlow, George L.
  • Wright, Donald W.

Subject Entries :

  • TRANSPORTATION — Ships — USS CURRIER (DE 700)
  • WAR — World War II — Navy — Ships — USS CURRIER (DE 700)
  • U.S. MILITARY — Navy — World War II

Date Entries :

  • 1940-1949
  • 1990-1999
  • 2000-2009

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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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