Guide to the Colonel George W. Carrington Collection,
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Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Colonel George W. Carrington
Carrington, George Williams, 1921-
Physical Description: 0.06
Language of Materials:
Old China Hands Archives
Abstract: 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.
After the U.S. forces left China in 1949, Carrington went back to the United States,
where he served in the Marine Corps headquarters and took more courses in Chinese before
being sent to Korea. Before and after the Korean War, he was also involved in developing
and training the Chinese Marine Corps on Taiwan. He was eventually appointed the
Assistant Naval Attaché in Taiwan, and stayed there from 1956 to 1959.
Carrington again returned to the United States after his tour of duty in Taiwan was
complete, where he was appointed the aide to General Maxwell D. Taylor, Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff for the Kennedy administration. During this time, he also attended
American University, where he received a masters degree in 1963. When the Vietnam War
started, he was sent to serve as a base defense commander in Donong.
After returning from Vietnam, Carrington decided to retire from the military and pursue
his academic interests. He enrolled in Oxford University, where he received a Doctorate
in Philosophy in 1974, and published his dissertation,
in Formosa, 1841-1874
. He has also written two autobiographical works, and
currently lives in California.
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Jessica Geiser, 2013
Conditions Governing Use:
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.
Conditions Governing Access:
The collection is open for research use.
For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style
manual, or see the
Citing Archival Materials
Arrangement of Materials:
Series I: Personal Materials, 1945-1985
Series II: Newspaper and Magazine Articles, 1948-1976
Scope and Contents
The Colonel George W. Carrington Collection primarily contains items related to
Carrington's military experiences in China and Taiwan during the 1940s and 1950s.
The collection is arranged into two series: Personal Materials (1945-1985), and
Newspaper and Magazine Articles (1948-1976).
Series I, Personal Materials, consists of items related to Carrington's life and
career, including photographs of China and Taiwan, Chinese currency, a letter regarding
his work negotiating the release of a downed American pilot in China, a program for the
Chinese language course at UC Berkeley, a business card Carrington used in Taiwan, and
publicity materials for two books authored or edited by Carrington.
Series II, Newspaper and Magazine Articles, consists of clippings saved by Carrington
that relate mostly to the U.S. military forces in China after World War II. Also
included is a scholarly article on the cession of Taiwan from China to Japan in
Series I: Personal Materials, 1945-1985
Box 1, Item 1
Brochure: University Extension Chinese Language Program at University
of California, Berkeley,
Box 1, Item 2
Set of Three Photographs of Carrington and Other Military Members,
Including Admiral Oscar Badger, in China,
ca. 1946-ca. 1949
Box 1, Item 3
Letter Report of Fitness for Carrington - Details Carrington's
Work Negotiating for the Release of an American Pilot from Communist
1947 September 27
Box 1, Item 4
Chinese 25000 Customs Gold Unit Note,
Box 1, Item 5
Business Card for Major George Williams Carrington, Jr. - Assistant
Naval Attaché in Taipei, Taiwan,
ca. 1956-ca. 1959
Box 1, Item 6
Foreigners in Formosa, 1841-1874
by George Williams Carrington,
Box 1, Item 7
Through Peking's Sewer Gate:
Relief of the Boxer Siege, 1900-1901
by Richard A. Steel, Edited and
with and Introduction by George W. Carrington,
Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 1
Scrapbook Pages of Photographs Taken by Carrington in Taiwan and
Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 2
Organizational Chart of NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers
1960 May 1
Series II: Newspaper and Magazine Articles,
Box 1, Item 8
"The Cession of Taiwan - A Second Look" by Leonard H.D.
Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 3
"Is Our Navy Trapped in China?"
Saturday Evening Post
25 September 1948
Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 4
"Ship-based Marines Will Stand By For Emergency Here -
North-China Daily News,
1948 December 11
Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 5
"MacArthur Says Fall of China Imperils U.S."
1948 December 20
Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 6
Three articles: "U.S. Vessels Move Away From Shanghai as Residents
Prepared to Defend City,"
The New York Times;
"50 Years' Peiping Duty Ended by U.S. Marines"; and an untitled
article about Carrington in Korea,
ca. 1949-ca. 1953