Glenn B. Davis Papers, 1913-1969

Manuscript Collection #343

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Glenn B. Davis Papers
    Creator: Davis, Glenn B.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1913-1969) consisting of correspondence, official records, citations, photographs, speech, ship publication and newspaper clippings.
    Extent: 0.055 Cubic feet, 136 items, consisting of correspondence, official records, citations, photographs, speech, ship publication and newspaper clippings.
  • Description

    Correspondence contains a recommendation for order of merit from the President of Santo Domingo (1940); a request to transport a gold shipment (1942); citations for service in WWII; and commentaries on the Naval Gun Factory, the Armed Services Police Detachment, and the Armed Forces Day celebration in Washington, D.C. Also included are photographs of the officers aboard USS Maumee, USS Tennessee, USS Washington and bombardments of Nauru and Kwajalein atoll. The "Cougar Scream," a publication of USS Washington, and a pamphlet (1945) commemorating the fourth anniversary of the Washington, contain brief accounts of the ship's activities. A speech written by Davis in 1969 describes the battle of Guadalcanal. The USS Washington, under the leadership of Captain Davis, sank a Japanese battleship in the third battle of Savo Island (1942). Copies of two newspaper clippings also pertain to the activities of the Washington and the career of Admiral Davis.

    Also included is a complete file of official orders and memorandums reflecting Davis' assignments and duty stations throughout his career.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Vice Admiral Davis, a 1913 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served aboard the USS Kansas during the occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico (1914). During World War I he served aboard the tanker Maumee and subsequently saw duty aboard a variety of battleships, destroyers and cruisers. He was aboard the Philadelphia (1937-1939) at the time of President Franklin Roosevelt's cruise and then was assigned as chief of the Bureau of Ordnance. During World War II he commanded the battleship USS Washington in the South Pacific and became commander of Battleship Division Eight.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    August 1, 1977, 136 items; Papers (1913-1953) of Naval officer; including correspondence, orders, photographs, citations, and miscellaneous. Gift of Vice Admiral Glenn B. Davis, Washington, D.C.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Vice Admiral Glenn B. Davis

    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

    Glenn B. Davis Papers (#343), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by M. Hart, April 1978

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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