Register of the Benton Weaver Decker Papers, 1916-1980

Finding aid prepared by Hoover Institution Archives Staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Michael C. Conkin
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Title: Benton Weaver Decker Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1916-1980
Collection Number: 74102
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 9 manuscript boxes, 2 envelopes (3.8 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, orders, citations, memorabilia, clippings, and other printed matter, relating to U.S. occupation forces in Japan, and U.S. foreign relations in the Far East.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Decker, Benton Weaver, 1899-1983.


Collection open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Benton Weaver Decker Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Biographical/Historical note

Rear admiral, United States Navy; commander, Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, 1946-1950.


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Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1974, with additional increments thorough 1983.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, speeches and writings, orders, citations, memorabilia, clippings, and other printed matter, relating to American occupation forces in Japan, and American foreign relations in the Far East.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States. Naval Base (Yokosuka, Japan)
United States. Navy--Officers.
East Asia--Foreign relations--United States.
East Asia.
Japan--History--Allied occupation, 1945-1952.
United States--Armed Forces.
United States--Foreign relations--East Asia.
United States--Foreign relations.
World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations.
World War, 1939-1945.



Scope and Contents note

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent
Box 1

Acheson, Barclay, 1950, 1951


American National Red Cross, 1957, 1960-1961


American Tunaboat Association, 1961


Backman, C. E., 1950-1954


Bate, John, 1952


Brines, Russell, 1953


Brown, Edmund G., 1959


Bull, S. L., 1952


Burke, Arleigh, Admiral, 1958


Burlingham, Hupper and Kennedy, 1960


Busik, W. S., 1973


Carney, R. B., Admiral, 1953


Chase, William C., Major General, 1951


Coyle, Ray W., 1955


Crawford, George G., 1956


Dyer, George C., 1964


Eisenhower, Dwight D., 1952


Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, 1960-1962


Gantt, W. E., 1973


General Headquarters Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, 1950-1951


Herter, Christian A., Jr., 1953


Hickey, Doyle O., Major General, 1951


Horn, Roy De S., 1950


Institute on World Affairs, 1956


International News Service, 1953


Joy, C. T., Vice Admiral, 1950


Kanto Auto Works, 1965


Kenyon, Cecil, n.d.


Kilbimy, Ted, 1951


Knight, Goodwin J., 1955


Knowland, William F., 1951-1958


Kraft, Fred H., 1955


Ladow, C. R., 1953


Life, 1961


Luckel, Frank, 1959


MacArthur, Douglas, General, 1955


Mariner Ship Admiral Decker, 1960


Mariner Troop II, 1960


McKibben, C. A., 1964


McLean, H. H., Rear Admiral, 1950


McQuilken, John, 1955


Mundt, Karl E., 1953


Navy Relief Society, 1933, 1938


Nixon, Richard, 1950-1956


Pratt, Albert, 1954


Price, Admiral, 1959


Ramallo, E., 1959-1968


Republican National Committee, 1956


Robinson, James I., 1959


Robinson, Ray C., 1955


Rogers, William P., 1955


San Diego Chamber of Commerce, 1957


San Diego County Republican Central Committee, 1954


San Diego Yacht Club, 1950, 1961


Shearer, William K., 1956, 1957


Shimada, Kanji, 1966


Smith, Alexander H., 1954, 1956


Stratemeyer, George E., Lt. General, 1962


Streibert, Theodore C., 1956


Swartz, Ray, 1968


Swing, Joseph M., General, 1956


Tait, Edward T., 1956


Trau, E. F., 1954


United States Atomic Energy Commission, 1958


United States Naval Academy, 1951


Vossler, F. A. L., 1936, 1937


Wagner, Paul F., 1954


Waters, Laughlin, E., 1952


Weinberer, Caspar W., 1957, 1958


Wilson, Bob, 1955-1960


Withington, F. S., 1959


Yokosuka City Hall, 1962


Yorkrite Masonic Bodies, 1966


Miscellaneous, 1938-1966


SUBJECT FILE, 1916-1965

Scope and Contents note

Awards, citations, orders, appointments, commissions, and printed matter, arranged as listed
Box 1

Awards, citations, and presentations, 1921-1965


Biographical sketch of Rear Admiral Benton W. Decker, 1899-1949


"The Last 100 Years," by Joan Obermeyer, unpublished history of the Yokosuka Naval Base, n.d.


Orders, appointments, and commissions, 1916-1955

Box 2

Perry painting presented to the Naval Academy Museum, 1952


"The Sacramento Slam," weekly news letters from the U.S.S. Sacramento, 1929



Scope and Contents note

Articles, lectures and speeches, arranged alphabetically by title
Box 2

"The Admirals Go To Sea," by Rear Admiral B. W. Decker, n.d.


"Detention in Korea," article by Admiral B. W. Decker, special correspondent for International News Service, n.d.


"Masonry in Japan," by B. W. Decker, The New Age, Washington, D.C., 1954


"Our Future in Asia," lecture by Admiral B. W. Decker, 1952


"Selection of Enlisted Men for the Naval Academy," by Lieutenant B. W. Decker, n.d.


"Youth and America," speech to the Daughters of the American Revolution, by Admiral B. W. Decker, 1954



Box 3

6 albums with newspaper clippings of Admiral B. W. Decker as Commanding Officer at Yokosuka Naval Base, 1946-1950


Printed material concerning Admiral B. W. Decker, 1946-1972

Envelope A-B


Scope and Contents note

Depicts American landing craft repair facilities in the Russell Islands group within the Solomon Islands during World War II. (67 prints / 2 envelopes)

INCREMENT - February 1977

Box 4

"The Yokosuka Story, or The Return of the Black Ships," by B. W. and Edwina Decker, 1976 1946-1950,


INCREMENT - September 1979

Box 5-7.

Orders, correspondence, reports and memoranda, relating to American administration of Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. 1946-1950,


INCREMENT - May 1983

Box 8

Orders, clippings, and other printed matter, memorabilia, and photographs, relating to the visit of U.S. Naval personnel to Japan 1939,


INCREMENT - August 1983

Box 9

Two scrapbooks of clippings relating to Admiral Decker's activities during World War I


Typescript manuscript by Joseph F. Enright, entitled "The Secret Life of a Giant Warship," 1980