Alston Ramsay Papers, 1942-1962

Manuscript Collection #332

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Title: Alston Ramsay Papers
Creator: Ramsay, Alston, 1906-1975
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1942-1962) including correspondence, clippings, photographs, copies of an annual, 2 crewbooks, speeches, programs, citations and menus reflecting career.
Extent: 0.073 Cubic feet, 25 items , consisting of correspondence, clippings, photographs, copies of an annual, two crewbooks and miscellaneous.

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Accessions Information

Feb. 8, 1977, 25 items; Papers (1942-1962) consisting of a scrapbook, clippings, photographs, copies of The Beacon (1962), U.S.S. Foote (1942-1945), Med Cruise (1953-1954), and miscellaneous. Gift of Mrs. Alston Ramsay, Salisbury, N.C.

October 14, 1981 (Unprocessed addition 1), 6 items; Letters (1974), citations, and a clipping. Donor: Mrs. Alston Ramsay

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

Alston Ramsay Papers (#332), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Alston Ramsay

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. Hart, April 1978

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

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

Alston Ramsay (1906-1975) graduated from U.S. Naval Academy in 1927. After serving aboard several destroyers in the 1930's, Ramsay was assigned command of the destroyer U.S.S. FOOTE in 1943. In the South Pacific the U.S.S. FOOTE, under Captain Ramsay, assisted the Marine landing at Bougainville, took part in the Philippine invasion (1944) and the Lingayen Gulf invasion. In 1945 Ramsay was appointed executive officer at Subic Naval Base, Manila. After the war, he was in command of the Ammunition Depot in Charlotte, N.C. (1947-1949); participated in an expedition to Point Barrow Alaska; was in command of Naval Minecraft Base at Squadron Commander in the Sixth Fleet (1953-1954). While in Europe, Ramsay served as Deputy Director of the Morale and Welfare Division.

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The crewbook of U.S.S. FOOTE (1942-1945) contains a history of the ship, pictures of the crew, and poetry. Med Cruise describes the various ports visited by the U.S.S. WALLER during the five month stint in the Mediterranean (1953-1954), and The Beacon (1962) contains a brief description of the careers of the class of 1927 at Annapolis. Issues of the ship newsletter Foote-Notes (1943-1944) contain gossip, anecdotes, and poetry concerning the wartime activities of the U.S.S FOOTE ; and the scrapbook contains numerous photographs, newspaper clippings and magazine articles pertaining to Captain Ramsay's command aboard the FOOTE . Of particular interest are photographs of Admiral Arleigh Burke (1943); initiation ceremonies for crewmembers crossing the equator (1943); and duty at Subic Bay Naval Base, Philippines (1945).

Other materials in the collection include clippings, speeches, programs, citations, and menus reflecting various aspects of Admiral Ramsay's career.

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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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