Charles S. Sterrett Collection, 1945

Manuscript Collection #978

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Charles S. Sterrett Collection
    Creator: Sterrett, Charles S.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: The Charles S. Sterrett Collection contains one print of the USS Wisconsin (BB-64) from 1945.
    Extent: 0.001 Cubic feet, 2 items , consisting of a photograph and an envelope
  • Description

    The Charles S. Sterrett Collection contains one print of the USS Wisconsin (BB-64). While Sterrett was working at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, all of the employees, including himself, received this print of the USS Wisconsin in honor of the ship being completed (1945).

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Charles S. Sterrett was born in Abington, Pennsylvania (January 12, 1924), and joined the United States Navy Reserves at the age of 20 (1944). During his two years of service, he earned the rank of an MMS2. Significant duty stations at which he served are in Gamadodo, New Guinea, USS PONTUS AGP-20, NTS Dearborn, MI, NTC Bainbridge, MD and on the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He earned two significant awards which were the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with a star and a World War II Victory Medal.


    The USS Wisconsin is the second ship that was built for the United States Navy that was named in honor of the state of Wisconsin. She is an Iowa class of battleships; her keel was laid down on 25 January 1941, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard; she was launched on 7 December 1943; and commissioned on 16 April 1944. During its 14 years of active service, the ship served in both World War II and the Korean War, earned 6 battle stars, and now resides at the naval base in Norfolk, Virginia, as a museum.


  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    November 21, 2003, 2 items, 0.001 cubic feet; Print (1945) of the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) presented to the employees of the Philadelphia Navy Yard 1945 and "dedicated to the loyal employees of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, whose energy, thought and devotion to duty created this great ship"; and original presentation envelope. Black and white. 17.5" x 11.25". Donor: Charles S. Sterrett

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Charles S. Sterrett

    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

    Charles S. Sterrett Collection (#978), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Mark Custer, March 18, 2008

    Processed by Morgan Gurganus, December 19, 2017

Preliminary Inventory

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

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