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.
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.
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