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Steven N. Anastasion Collection, 1909-2003

(Manuscript Collection #0913)

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Title: Steven N. Anastasion Collection
Creator: Anastasion, Steven N.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Steven N. Anastasion (U.S.N.A. 1942 graduate) served aboard the USS Champlin (DD601) from 1942 to 1945 and commanded the Destroyer Escort USS Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416) from 1952 to 1954 in Norway, Denmark and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Destroyer USS Hawkins (DDR873) from 1958 to 1960 and the Guided Missile Cruiser USS Leahy (DLG-16) from 1964 to 1967 in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Papers refer to his service aboard these ships and include printed materials, newsletters, and navigational summaries. Also included are 2009 issues of The Seaweed, published by the USS Champlin Reunion Group and a transcription of an interview with Captain Anastasion done by Robert C. Bormann of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.
Extent: 0.337 Cubic feet, 58 items.

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

Accessions Information

April 25, 2003 (unprocessed) 17 items, 0.015 cubic feet; Collection (ca. 1909-2003) of printed materials relating to the USS LEAHY (DLG-16), the USS CHAMPLIN (DD-601), the U.S. Navy and naval history. Donor: Steven N. Anastasion

May 29, 2003 (unprocessed addition 1) 21 items, 0.16 cubic feet; Newsletters (1959-1960, 1964-1966) written by Capt. Steven N. Anastasion, commanding officer of USS HAWKINS (DDR-873) and USS LEAHY (DLG-16), for distribution to the families and friends of the crew during the ships' cruises in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Donor: Steven N. Anastasion

July 15, 2003 (unprocessed addition 2) 15 items, 0.15 cubic feet; Navigational summaries (1964-1966) of ports in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, by Cmdr. Steven N. Anastasion, commanding officer of USS LEAHY (DLG-16), for distribution to the commanders of ships in the 6th Fleet, including Barcelona, Spain; Cagliari & Aranci Bay, Sardinia; Athens, Greece; Marseille & Toulon, France; Istanbul and the Dardanelles, Turkey; Beirut, Lebanon; Palermo, Sicily; Taranto, Trieste, Genoa, Pollensa Bay, Livorno, and Naples, Italy; Izmir, Turkey; Rade Des Salins, France; Palma, Mallorca; Benghazi & Tripoli, Lybia; and Civitavecchia, Italy; U. S. Naval Station Trinidad, British West Indies; Amuay, Venezuela; Cartagena, Colombia; Salinas & Guayaquil, Ecuador; Valparaiso, Talcahuano, & Punta Arenas, Chile; Callao, Peru; Puerto Belgrano, Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay; Rio de Janeiro & Recife, Brazil; and a sailor's guide to Charleston, SC. Mimeograph typescript. Donor: Steven N. Anastasion

March 22, 2005 (unprocessed addition 3) 1 item, 0.004 cubic feet; Transcript (11/17/2003) of an oral history interview entitled Captain Steven N. Anastasion, United States Navy (ret): A Sailor's View of Science conducted by Robert C. Bormann of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. Donor: Steven N. Anastasion

January 20, 2011 (unprocessed addition 4) 4 items, .008 cubic feet; Papers (1953, 2009, undated), consisting of photocopies of documents pertaining to the 1953 cruise of the USS Melvin R. Nawman (DE-416) in Norway, Denmark, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and three issues (spring, summer, fall 2009) of The Seaweed, published by the USS Champlin Reunion Group and containing Capt. Anastasion’s recollections of his service aboard the Champlin (DD-601). Donor: Steven N. Anastasion

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

Steven N. Anastasion Collection (#913), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Steven N. Anastasion

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Mark Custer, December 17, 2007


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

Steven N. Anastasion was born April 9, 1921, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Savas and Eleni Anastasion. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a BS in 1942, obtained a MSEE degree from MIT in 1948 and graduated from the Naval War College in 1958 and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1964. During WWII, he served aboard the USS Champlin (1942-1945) becoming the Executive Officer in 1944. Among other assignments after the war ended, he commanded the Destroyer Escort USS Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416) from 1952 to 1954, the Destroyer USS Hawkins (DDR873) from 1958 to 1960,and the Guided Missile Cruiser USS Leahy (DLG-16) from 1964 to 1967. After he retired from active duty in 1972, he worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in various positions until 1985. At that time, he joined the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS) where he worked as Vice President and Secretary (chief operating officer) until retiring in 1999.

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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