Robert W. Windsor, Jr., Papers

1947, 1959-1965, 1981
Manuscript Collection #550
Windsor, Robert W.
Physical description
0.11 Cubic Feet, 43 items , consisting of correspondence, communications, orders, photographs, and clippings.
Preferred Citation
Robert W. Windsor, Jr., Papers (#550), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
No restrictions

Papers (1947, 1959-1965, 1981) consisting of correspondence, communications, orders, photographs, biographical sketches, and clippings.

Biographical/historical information

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.

Scope and arrangement

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.

Administrative information
Custodial History

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).

Source of acquisition

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

Processing information

Processed by J. Layne, June 1988

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Key terms
Personal Names
Eisenhower, Arthur B. (Arthur Bradford), 1886-1958
Windsor, Robert W.
Corporate Names
Currituck (Seaplane tender)
Independence (Aircraft carrier : CV-62)
Saratoga (Aircraft carrier : CVA-60)