Asa Wayne Arrington Papers, 1943-2004 , undated

Manuscript Collection #849

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Asa Wayne Arrington Papers
    Creator: Arrington, Asa Wayne
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Materials concerning World War II veterans of the destroyer escort USS Currier (DE 700), including correspondence, reminiscences, photographs, postcard, reunion material, videocassette tapes, and miscellany relating to the ship, its crew and reunions (1943-2004).
    Extent: 0.91 Cubic feet, 2 archival boxes,
  • Description
     

    The collection mainly consists of correspondence between Asa Wayne Arrington and other crew members of the USS Currier (DE 700) and historical information about World War II. Highlights of the correspondence include current status of crew members, war stories and crew reunion information. The most recent correspondence concerns the donation of Arrington's papers, as well as reunions and deaths of crew members. Other information in the collection offers details of life on the USS Currier (DE 700), including orders, newsletters, photographs, personal letters and the decommissioning ceremony. Personal histories of Asa "Wayne" Arrington and Joseph "Joe" Homovec are also included. Three videocassettes in the collection concentrate on the Invasion of Iwo Jima, the USS Currier (DE 700) reunion and a Voyager Landing.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Asa Wayne Arrington was born May 10, 1925 in Twin Falls, ID. Shortly before his 18th birthday he was sworn into duty for the US Navy. In the summer of 1943 Arrington attended boot camp, and was then sent to Yeoman school in Newport, RI. Upon completion of Yeoman school Arrington went to Pier 91 in Norfolk, VA, where he helped commission the USS Currier (DE 700). Arrington remained on the USS Currier (DE 700) until the end of World War II. The ship made several journeys up and down the east coast of the United States as well as crossing the ocean and docking in North Africa. On the USS Currier (DE 700) Arrington participated in the invasion of South France in late 1944 as well as the invasion of Iwo Jima. Arrington became Yeoman 2nd Class and was released from service in April 1946. After the war, Arrington attended Business College and was employed in the bookkeeping profession in various U.S. cities. At the time of his donation, Arrington resided in Sacramento, CA with his friend Keith O'Toole.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    February 16, 2002, ca. 35 items, 0.25 cubic feet; Correspondence (1999-2001), concerning World War II veterans of the USS Currier (DE 700), February 1942-February 1946. (0.05 cu. ft.). Donor: Mr. Asa Wayne Arrington.

    February 3, 2004, (unprocessed addition 1), 111 items, 0.66 cubic feet; Papers (1943-2004) of crewmember of the destroyer escort USS Currier (DE 700), including correspondence, reminiscences, photographs, picture post card, reunion material, videocassette tapes, and miscellany relating to the ship, its crew, and reunions. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Mr. Asa Wayne Arrington.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mr. Asa Wayne Arrington

    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

    Asa Wayne Arrington Papers (#849), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Courtney L. Fuhrmeister, May 3, 2005

    Encoded by Mark Custer, January 7, 2008

Container List

  • Box 1
     
    Correspondence, 1943-1945
    Correspondence, 1995
    Correspondence, 1999
    Correspondence, 2000
    Correspondence, 2001
    Correspondence, 2002
    Correspondence, 2003-2004
    Inventory of USS Currier (DE 700) memorabilia in Arrington's collection, 1993
    Homovec, Joe. World War II Navy Tour, typescript, 1943-1945
    Itinerary of USS Currier (DE 700), photocopy typescript Feb. 1944 - Sept. 1945
  • Box 2
     
    Arrington's boot camp identification badge and description, 1943, 1993
    Nails from USS Currier (DE 700), undated
    Postcard of USS Slater (DE 766), 1944, undated
    Scrapbook photographs (photocopies) of USS Currier (DE 700) crew members, 1946
    Arrington biography and description of life on USS Currier (DE 700), 1992, 2000
    USS Currier (DE 700) orders and newsletters, 1944-2000
    Decommissioning of USS Currier (DE 700), 1960
    USS Currier (DE 700) reunion information, 1996
    USS Currier (DE 700) crew member list and recent photographs, 2002, undated
    Stories of USS Currier (DE 700) during 1944-1946 by Arrington, 1992
    Stories of USS Currier (DE 700) by George L. Thurlow, Jr., undated
    Videocassettes of USS Currier (DE 700) crew reunion, Iwo Jima and Voyager Landing, 1996, undated

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Container List

  • Box 1
     
    Correspondence, 1943-1945
    Correspondence, 1995
    Correspondence, 1999
    Correspondence, 2000
    Correspondence, 2001
    Correspondence, 2002
    Correspondence, 2003-2004
    Inventory of USS Currier (DE 700) memorabilia in Arrington's collection, 1993
    Homovec, Joe. World War II Navy Tour, typescript, 1943-1945
    Itinerary of USS Currier (DE 700), photocopy typescript Feb. 1944 - Sept. 1945
  • Box 2
     
    Arrington's boot camp identification badge and description, 1943, 1993
    Nails from USS Currier (DE 700), undated
    Postcard of USS Slater (DE 766), 1944, undated
    Scrapbook photographs (photocopies) of USS Currier (DE 700) crew members, 1946
    Arrington biography and description of life on USS Currier (DE 700), 1992, 2000
    USS Currier (DE 700) orders and newsletters, 1944-2000
    Decommissioning of USS Currier (DE 700), 1960
    USS Currier (DE 700) reunion information, 1996
    USS Currier (DE 700) crew member list and recent photographs, 2002, undated
    Stories of USS Currier (DE 700) during 1944-1946 by Arrington, 1992
    Stories of USS Currier (DE 700) by George L. Thurlow, Jr., undated
    Videocassettes of USS Currier (DE 700) crew reunion, Iwo Jima and Voyager Landing, 1996, undated


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