|Title:||Raymond J. Kragness Papers|
|Repository:||ECU Manuscript Collection|
|Abstract:||The bulk of the Raymond J. Kragness Papers (1943-1946, 2000, 2004) pertains to Mr. Kragness's service in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre in World War II. Personal items include rites of passage membership cards (such as crossing the Equator), draft board notification, photographs, post cards of San Francisco Bay, course certificates, separation from service records and a brief family history. The remaining items pertain to his service on the USS ESCAMBIA, a fleet oiler. Included are the ship's history and directory, newsletter "Eighty Times," a list of ships fuled by the ESCAMBIA, plans of the day, congratulatory messages from Admiral Halsey, and invitations and tickets for commissioning and decommissioning ceremonies.|
|Extent:||0.25 Cubic feet, 1 container, consisting of newsletters, photographs, post cards, certificates, invitations, tickets, membership cards, directory|
November 20, 2011, (unprocessed) .25 cubic feet; Papers (1943-1946, 2000, 2004) relate to Raymond J. Kragness’s service in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II, specifically his time spent aboard the fleet oiler USS ESCAMBIA. Included are various materials concerning the ESCAMBIA such as a ship’s history, plans of the day, messages of congratulations from Admiral Halsey, issues of the ship’s newsletter “Eighty Times,” a list (including dates and locations) of ships fueled by the ESCAMBIA, a directory of the ship, and invitations and tickets to commissioning and decommissioning ceremonies. Items related directly to Mr. Kragness’s service include certificates for training courses, separation from service records, photographs (most in uniform and a few aboard ship), post cards of San Francisco Bay, his draft board notification, membership cards indicating that he has been through such rites of passage aboard ship as crossing the Equator (Domain of Neptunus Rex member) and crossing the International Date Line (Realm of the Golden Dragon member) and a brief family history. Donor: Kurt J. Kragness
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Raymond J. Kragness Papers (#1186), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.