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Guide to the Colonel George W. Carrington Collection, 1945-1985
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Description
Colonel George Williams Carrington was a United States Marine who served in China following World War II in 1946, and became the aide to Oscar Badger, the Commander of Naval Forces in the Far East. With a military career spanning from 1942 to 1968, he saw active duty during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He also spent time in Taiwan as an assistant naval attaché, and was the aide to General Maxwell Taylor, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. In addition to his military career, Carrington also attended Yale, American University, and Oxford University, and has written multiple books on his life and on the history of foreigners in Taiwan (Formosa). The collection contains items mostly related to Carrington’s military career, including photographs, correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, and a NATO organizational chart. Also included is a program for the Chinese language course Carrington took at UC Berkeley and publicity materials for two books Carrington authored or edited.
Background
George Carrington was born in New York in 1921. He attended Yale and received his Bachelors degree in 1942, whereupon he joined the United States Marine Corps and was sent to the Pacific campaigns. While in the Pacific, he learned from a friend about the Chinese language program offered by U.C. Berkeley. He asked his superiors if he could enroll, and once given permission he began taking courses in Chinese in the summer of 1945. He was then sent to China, where he was stationed in Tientsin, Peking, Tsingtao, and Shanghai. While in China, he served as the aide to Oscar Badger, the Commander of Naval Forces in the Far East, and negotiated the release of a downed American pilot captured by communist forces.
Extent
0.06 linear feet
Restrictions
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Availability
The collection is open for research use.