Robert W. Windsor, Jr., Papers, 1947, 1959-1965, 1981

Manuscript Collection #550

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Robert W. Windsor, Jr., Papers
Creator: Windsor, Robert W.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1947, 1959-1965, 1981) consisting of correspondence, communications, orders, photographs, biographical sketches, and clippings.
Extent: 0.11 Cubic feet, 43 items , consisting of correspondence, communications, orders, photographs, and clippings.

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Accessions Information

February 9, 1988, 43 items; Papers of naval officer, U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1941, including correspondence, photographs, clippings, memos, orders, and citations. Gift of Capt. Robert W. Windsor, Jr., Houston, Texas.

June 19, 1991 (unprocessed addition 1), ca. 100 items; Correspondence (1964-1965) of U.S. Naval officer, USNA Class of 1941. Donor: Capt. Robert W. Windsor, Jr., USN (Ret).

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

Robert W. Windsor, Jr., Papers (#550), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Capt. Robert W. Windsor, Jr., USN (Ret)

Processing Information

  • Processed by J. Layne, June 1988

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

Captain Robert Wilks (Duke) Windsor, Jr., USNA Class of 1941, served during World War II in the USS McLANAHAN and the USS COLORADO. After flight training he saw action as a naval aviator in the Pacific Theatre. Subsequently Windsor served in the Korean Conflict and in Vietnam. He was commanding officer of the USS CURRITUCK (1962-1963) and the USS INDEPENDENCE (1964-1965) and was chief of staff, Commander Second Fleet/Striking Fleet Atlantic prior to retirement in 1967.

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Official communiques in the collection reflect Captain Windsor's service in the USS CURRITUCK (1962-1963), operational training flights (1963), and command of the USS INDEPENDENCE (1964). Included are a North Vietnamese report (1965) on the shooting down of aircraft from the USS INDEPENDENCE, commendations for rescuing a Japanese fishing boat (1962), participation in peacetime amphibious exercises (1964), and participation in a NATO Exercise Teamwork (1965); and the records of Windsor's appointment to captain (1959).

Correspondence includes an exchange between Windsor and Rear Admiral W. I. Martin concerning the findings of the McKechnie Board on the support of the Naval Air Reserves (1962). Other correspondence addresses the need for an extended tour of duty for the commanding officer and offers congratulations from Rear Admiral R. H. Speck (1964) and General W. C. Westmoreland (1965) on the performance of the USS INDEPENDENCE.

Miscellaneous items include several biographical sketches of Captain Windsor, a roster of officers on the USS KEARSARGE (1947), a copy of the USS CURRITUCK news letter The Wild Goose (1963), and an issue of The Hook (1981). Newspaper clippings concern the operations of the USS INDEPENDENCE, primarily off the coast of Vietnam. Photographs include President Eisenhower's visit to the USS SARATOGA (1957-1958?).

For related materials see O.H. 107.

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Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Autograph Entries :

  • Martin, W[illiam] I[nman] 1962
  • Speck, R[obert] H[ursey] 1964
  • Westmoreland, W[illiam] C[hilds] 1965

Subject Entries :

  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Naval Air Reserves
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Publications--1963, 1981
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS CURRITUCK
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS INDEPENDENCE
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS KEARSARGE
  • WAR--VIETNAM--Navy

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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