Robert G. Black Papers, 1942-1943, 1962-1972

Manuscript Collection #800

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Robert G. Black Papers
    Creator: Black, Robert G.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1942-1972) of a U.S. Navy officer, including original memos, reports, newsletters, photographs, a certificate; and photocopies of war patrol reports and maps for the USS Flying Fish, during World War II.
    Extent: 0.4 Cubic feet, 43 items , consisting of naval officer's biography, four U.S. Navy submarine war patrol reports (Second World War), memos, reports, newsletters, a certificate, 28 photographs, and patrol maps.
  • Description
     

    The collection contains photocopies of four war patrol reports (1942-1943) for the submarine USS FLYING FISH with the Pacific Fleet. Detailed information covers exact dates and times, position by latitude and longitude, weather conditions, heading, speed, names and types of enemy ships, and ranges in yards. The commander's narrative discusses specific information concerning experiences in attacks, firing torpedoes, mechanical problems, sights, and sounds.

    There are memoranda (1972) discussing proposed modifications to naval organizations for the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS) and official reports concerning the Naval Training Device Center (1962-1964).

    Miscellaneous items include a two-page biography of key events in Black's life and positions he held while in the Navy; newsletters from the USS HUNLEY, Submarine Squadron 4, and the U.S. naval station at San Juan's officers' mess, profiling him (1965, 1974); images of the HUNLEY picnic on July 4, 1964; and a Meritorious Service Medal certificate (1969). Also included are photocopies of maps showing plotted courses of submarine war patrols.

    There are several photographs in the collection of various naval personnel, officers, and crew that served with Black. Photographs of naval vessels include the submarines: USS FLYING FISH, USS CLAMAGORE, USS SABLEFISH, USS THORNBACK, and the submarine tender USS HUNLEY.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Robert G. Black, Sr., (October 22, 1917-July 8, 2008) from Gallatin, Missouri, attended the University of Tulsa (1936-1938), and then Louisiana State University where he graduated in June 1941 with a B.S. degree in Petroleum Geology. He immediately entered the U.S. Navy and was commissioned in the United States Naval Reserve. He attended Midshipman School, Northwestern University, and graduated in 1941. He served aboard submarines in the Pacific during the Second World War. After the war he remained with submarines and was assigned as commander of the U.S. Navy's first nuclear submarine division (Division 102) in 1957 and later served in various positions in charge of personnel. Black earned his M.S. degree in International Affairs from George Washington University in 1966 and assumed command of the U.S. naval station in San Juan, Puerto Rico (1969-1971). He was awarded several decorations and medals for his service in the Second World War such as silver, gold, and bronze stars, and campaign, defense, service, and victory medals. Black also received a Meritorious Service Medal for service as director of the Personnel Research Division of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (1966-1969). He is married to Jane Forbes of Greenville, N.C., and has one son, Robert G. Black, Jr. He retired from the Navy in 1972, and then worked for Data-Design Laboratories for almost twelve years before retiring a second time in 1984 and settling in Greenville, N.C.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    August 29, 2000, 1 volume; Papers (1942-1972) of U.S. Navy officer, including memos, reports, newsletters, photographs, a certificate, and photocopies of war patrol reports and maps for the USS FLYING FISH during World War II. Gift of Captain Robert G. Black, USN (Retired), Greenville, NC.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Captain Robert G. Black

    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 G. Black Papers (#800), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by C. Cartellone, January 2002

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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