Carson Abel Roberts Papers, 1939-1949

Manuscript Collection #321

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Title: Carson Abel Roberts Papers
Creator: Roberts, Carson Abel, 1905-
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1939-1949) of a U. S. Marine Corps aviator in the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, and later rose to Lt. General in command of the Pacific Fleet Marine Force, 1962, consisting of course notes, handouts, maps, overlays, manuals, logistical data, exercises, military events.
Extent: 1.0 Cubic feet, 222 items , consisting of course notes, handouts, maps, overlays, and manuals.

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Accessions Information

December 6, 1976, ca. 250 items; Reports, maps, overlays, course notes, and miscellaneous Marine Corps material. Gift of Lt. General Carson A. Roberts, Whispering Pines, N.C.

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

Carson Abel Roberts Papers (#321), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Lt. General Carson A. Roberts

Processing Information

  • Processed by V. Jones, September 1991

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

Carson Abel Roberts was born in Lancaster, Wisconsin, in 1905. He received his Bachelor of Philosophy degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1929, and in that same year he was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. During World War II Roberts served as Operations officer in the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. After the war he entered the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, graduating in 1947. He next became Chief of Aviation Section of the Marine Corps schools and in 1949 became assistant chief of staff for the Marine Air Reserve Training Command at Glenview, Illinois. During the Korean Conflict, Roberts served as deputy chief of staff, then was promoted to chief of staff of the 1st Marine Aircraft Command. Roberts was promoted to Lt. General and became commanding general of the Pacific Fleet Marine Force in 1962.

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The collection consists mainly of course material used by Roberts while he was in the Command and General Staff College. Course work is divided into three major schools: School of Combined Arms, School of Intelligence, and School of Logistics; and generally gives an overview of the subject, example situations, exercises, and questions.

Sample courses in the School of Combined Arms include: map reading, signal communications, protection against air attack, domestic disturbances, civil defense, and air defense. The course, attack of an island, contains the complete field orders, plans, and reports of the 7th Infantry Division in the 1944 attack on the Marshall Islands (Operation Flintlock). Another course details the historical situation involving the German counteroffensive in the Ardennes (December 1944 - January 1945). Course work in the School of Intelligence files include class notes, handouts, questions, and sample situations on various topics, including: prisoners of war, technical intelligence, interpretation of information, and security. The School of Logistics files contain course notes on topics concerning suppliers, casualty evacuation, and sanitation.

Also included in the collection are miscellaneous course schedules and programs, and manuals and drafts of manuals. Logistical Data for Staff Planners includes tables and charts required for logistical purposes. Drafts of a manual entitled Organization and Functions of a Joint Air Staff by Carson Roberts presents the functions of a joint air command and the major problems of coordination during military operations in the Central Pacific during 1944. Other manuals include Military Railroads and the Military Railway Service (1944), The Defense of Advanced Naval Bases (1948), Service Chemicals (1939), and Amphibious Command Post Exercises (May 1949).

The oversized folder contains maps of parts of Japan, France, Belgium, and the Southwest Pacific, and numerous map overlays and large handouts used in courses at the Command and General Staff college.

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Oversize Folder os1#0321.os1
Maps, Map Overlays, Oversized Course Handouts

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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