Alvin Arthur Fahrner Papers, 1939-1952

Manuscript Collection #202

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Alvin Arthur Fahrner Papers
    Creator: Fahrner, Alvin Arthur, 1915-1994
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1939-1952) consisting of correspondence, orders, reports, memos, newsletters, clippings, post cards, financial records, and miscellaneous.
    Extent: 0.43 Cubic feet, 305 items , consisting of correspondence, orders, reports, memos, newsletters and publications, clippings, post cards, financial records, and miscellaneous.
  • Description

    Personal correspondence (1939-1952) contains several items of interest, including Christmas cards (undated) containing derogatory comments about the Japanese. Also included in this material are letters (1947, 1952) from Admiral Hanson congratulating Fahrner on his release from naval duty and advising him about the possibility of returning to active duty in the event that "war might come accidentally."

    Military correspondence, orders, and records (pre-World War II) deal with Fahrner's entry into the Navy and attendance at Midshipman School (1940), assignment to the USS ARIZONA, and appointment to the staff of Commander Battle Force aboard the USS CALIFORNIA (1941). During World War II the material deals with Fahrner's continued assignment to this staff, but aboard the USS NEW MEXICO and USS PENNSYLVANIA (1942). After receiving anti-aircraft training and serving on Atlantic convoy duty (1942-1943), Fahrner was ordered back to the Pacific as an aide and flag lieutenant on the staff of Admiral Edward W. Hanson of COMBATDIV 9 (1943-1945). Fahrner was then assigned to Hanson's staff at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard until his separation from the service (1945-1947).

    Naval publications consist of ships' newspapers (1944-1945), newsletters from Pearl Harbor (1945), and a program, Here Comes the Navy, for an all-star baseball game at Pearl Harbor.

    Miscellaneous material includes accounts of shipboard life, menus, a speech, poetry (possibly by Fahrner), and newspaper clippings documenting Fahrner's commendation for meritorious service and his transfer to Pearl Harbor.

    Oversize material consists of publications, magazine clippings, a 1944 newspaper article and illustration of the USS WISCONSIN and a poster, "Air Defense," depicting the USS SOUTH DAKOTA in action.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Dr. Alvin Arthur Fahrner (November 17, 1915 - October 20, 1994), a native of Farmville, Virginia, was a professor of history at East Carolina University from 1960 through 1981. Before entering the Navy in 1940, he was an employee of the Virginia Department of Highways. After graduating from Midshipman School, Fahrner was assigned to various naval vessels, including the USS CALIFORNIA, on which he served during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (December 1941). From 1943 until 1945, Fahrner was an aide to Admiral Edward W. Hanson, first in COMBATDIV 9 with the third and fifth fleets, and then at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard. During this time Fahrner saw action in most of the major combined military operations in the Pacific, including the Marshall Islands, Saipan, the Marianas, Iwo Jima, and others. Fahrner returned to reserve status in March of 1947.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    June 27, 1972, ca. 200 items; Files (1941-1947), including correspondence, military orders, reports, newsletters, and miscellaneous

    July 23, 1975, 50 items; Papers (1944-1946), consisting of Navy newsletters, newspapers, and miscellaneous. Gift of Dr. Alvin A. Fahrner, Greenville, N.C.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Dr. Alvin A. Fahrner

    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

    Alvin Arthur Fahrner Papers (#202), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by D. Beard, April 1985

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

Container List

Various naval publications (1944-1945) and miscellaneous material (1944-1945, undated)
Naval publications (1944-1946), newspapers (1944-1945), and miscellaneous material (undated)

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Container List

Various naval publications (1944-1945) and miscellaneous material (1944-1945, undated)
Naval publications (1944-1946), newspapers (1944-1945), and miscellaneous material (undated)

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