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Fred F. Rogers papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSC-046

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of lectures, student papers, and photographs that document Rogers’ experiences and research on Japan in the 1930s, and his command of the Seabees at Camp Endicott, Naval Construction Training Center, Davisville, R.I. during World War II. Of particular interest are his lectures and writings on the attempted coup d'état that occurred in Japan on February 26, 1936. Also included are four student papers that Rogers wrote while a student at the Naval War College.

Dates

  • 1906-1962
  • Majority of material found within 1936-1944

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Access is open to all researchers, unless otherwise specified.

Conditions Governing Use

Material in this collection is in the public domain, unless otherwise noted.

Biographical Note

Chronology of Naval Service

1884 Sep 21
Born in Clinton, Illinois
1902-1906
Attended United States Naval Academy
1906 Feb - 1908 Nov
Served on U.S.S. Wisconsin, U.S.S. Quiros, U.S.S. Alabama
1908 Feb 03
Commissioned as an Ensign
1908 Nov - 1910 Feb
Served on U.S.S. Dolphin
1910 Apr - 1913 May
Attaché at the American Embassy in Tokyo, Japan
Was the first U.S. naval officer ordered to Tokyo to study Japanese
1913 Jul - 1916 Mar
Watch Officer and First Lieutenant, U.S.S. Virginia
1916 Mar - 1917 Jan
Executive Officer and Navigator, USS Castine
1917 Jan - 1919 Feb
Navigator, U.S.S Illinois, U.S.S. Oklahoma
1919 Feb - 1921 Jun
Office of Naval Intelligence, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.
1921 Jul - 1922 Aug
Fleet Intelligence Officer, Asiatic Fleet
1922 Aug - 1923 Jun
U.S.S. Barker
1923 Jun - 1926 Sep
Naval War College student and then military staff member
1926 Sep - 1927 Oct
U.S.S. Sirius
1927 Oct - 1928 Jun
Executive Officer, U.S.S. Concord
1928 Jul - 1931 Jun
Staff, Naval War College
1931 Jun - 1933 May
Commander, Destroyer Division 8, Scouting Force
1931 Sep 1
Promoted to Captain
1933 Sep - 1936 Sep
Naval Attaché, American Embassy, Tokyo Japan
1936 Nov - 1938 Jun
U.S.S. Texas
1939
Completed advanced course of study at Naval War College
1939 Jun - Nov
Naval Examining Board, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.
1940 Feb 1
Transferred to the Retired List of the Navy and relieved of all active duty
1942 May - 1945 Sep
Recalled to active duty due to World War II
Commander, Naval Construction Training Center, Davisville, R.I.
1942 May 29 - Oct 26
Assumed command of the Advanced Base Depot, Davisville, R.I.
1952 Nov 6
Died, buried in Clinton, Illinois
1954 Jun 22
Barracks dedicated in his memory at U.S. Naval Construction Battalion Center, Davisville, R.I.

Extent

2.67 Linear Feet (3 archival boxes, 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Captain Fred F. Rogers (1884-1952) had a naval career that spanned over 35 years during which he served as a naval attaché to the American Embassy in Japan, commanded various battleships, studied and taught at the Naval War College, and led the Naval Construction Training Center in Davisville, R.I. during World War II. These papers primarily consist of lectures, student papers, and photographs that document Rogers’ experiences and research on Japan in the 1930s and his command of the Seabees at Camp Endicott, Naval Construction Training Center, Davisville, R.I. during World War II.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in alphabetical order by type.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of this collection was first donated to the Naval War College Foundation for deposit in the Naval Historical Collection by VADM John Hayward on behalf of Mrs. Fred Rogers in August 1977 (Ms.Ac.77-11). In April 2016, an accrual to this collection was made by Captain Christos Zirpos on behalf of Mrs. John K. Hyatt (Ms.Ac.2016.3).

Processing Information

It is unclear when this collection was originally processed by former NHC staff as a complete finding aid was never completed. In 2021, this collection was processed according to current archival standards while incorporating the 2016 accretion to the collection. The accession number associated with each item is noted on each folder and is included in an unpublished note with each archival object record in ArchivesSpace.

Status
Dacs Finding Aid
Author
Elizabeth Delmage
Date
2021 Jun
Description rules
Finding Aid Based On Describing Archives: A Content Standard (Dacs)
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Naval Historical Collection Repository

Contact:
US Naval War College
686 Cushing Rd
Newport RI 02841 US