Charles R. Brown Papers, 1922-1997 (bulk 1956-1962): Finding Aid
Published in October 2016
- Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
- Publisher Address:
589 McNair Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
- Call number: MS 438
- Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
- Title: Charles R. Brown Papers
- Dates: 1922-1997
- Bulk Dates: 1956-1962
- Size: 19.01 linear feet
- Container Summary: 30 manuscript boxes, 4 flat boxes
- Creator: Brown, Charles R. (Charles Randall), 1899-1983
- Language(s) of material: English, French, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Turkish
- Abstract: Charles R. "Cat" Brown was an admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1921. The Charles R. Brown Papers span from 1922 to 1997, with the bulk of the documents spanning from 1956 to 1962. While spanning much of Brown's career in the United States Navy, the papers are overwhelmingly the product of Brown's tours as Commander, Sixth Fleet (COMSIXTHFLT) and NATO's Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe (CINCSOUTH). In addition to focusing on Brown's many diplomatic and ceremonial functions, the papers touch upon such topics as the role of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, the role of NATO in opposing the spread of communism in the Mediterranean, Brown's thoughts on the threat posed by communism, efforts to reorganize the Department of Defense, and turmoil in the Suez, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon in the late 1950s and early 1960s, as well as Brown's retirement plans and family life.
Biographical Chronology of Charles R. "Cat" Brown
- Born on December 13 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Robison and Stella Brown.
- On June 21, admitted to the United States Naval Academy on appointment from Senator Oscar Underwood of Alabama.
- Assigned to U.S.S. Ohio (Battleship: BB-12) of the Atlantic Fleet for summer training.
- On June 3, graduates from the United States Naval Academy.
- In July, attached to U.S.S. Arkansas (Battleship: BB-33).
- On November 26, marries Eleanor T. Green of Annapolis, Maryland.
- In December, transferred to U.S.S. Columbia (Transport: AG-9).
- In March, detached from U.S.S. Columbia and transferred to Receiving Ship, Philadelphia.
- In April, assigned to the Office of Naval Communications in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
- In December, attached to U.S.S. Langley (Aircraft carrier: CV-1).
- In February, attached to Naval Air Station Pensacola for flight training.
- On August 15, designated a Naval Aviator.
- In November, assigned to Aircraft Squadrons, Scouting Fleet.
- In May, appointed to the Staff, Commander Aircraft Squadron Scouting Fleet.
- In December, attached to the Flight Division of the Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department.
- In September, attached to Bombing Squadron 2 aboard U.S.S. Saratoga (Aircraft carrier: CV-3).
- In April, Bombing Squadron 2 is redesignated Fighting Squadron 6.
- In October, attached to the Bureau of Aeronautics.
- In December, transferred to the Administration Section of the Bureau of Navigation, Navy Department.
- In March, assumes command of U.S.S. Gannet (Minesweeper: AM-41), serving as a tender for the Aleutian Survey.
- In August, attached to Utility Squadron 2 aboard U.S.S. Wright (Airship tender: AV-1).
- In June, assigned to U.S.S. San Francisco (Heavy cruiser: CA-38) for duty with Scouting Squadron 11 (and subsequent service with Scouting Squadrons 14 and 12).
- In June, reports to the Naval War College for instruction (Junior Course).
- In June, assigned to Naval Air Station Pensacola.
- In June, attached to U.S.S. Saratoga (Aircraft carrier: CV-3).
- In May, appointed Carrier Air Group Commander aboard U.S.S. Saratoga (Aircraft carrier: CV-3).
- In April, appointed Air Officer U.S.S. Saratoga (Aircraft carrier: CV-3).
- On December 21, assumes command of Shore Based Carrier Aircraft Units, Fleet Air Detachment, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor.
- In May, attached to Headquarters of the Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet.
- In November, attached to U.S.S. Kalinin Bay (Escort aircraft carrier: CVE-68) for fitting out duty.
- On November 27, assumes command of U.S.S. Kalinin Bay.
- Participates in the Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign as commanding officer of U.S.S. Kalinin Bay.
- In October, attached to the staff of Commander, Carrier Division One as Chief of Staff.
- In October, participates in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
- On August 1, assumes command of U.S.S. Hornet (Aircraft carrier: CV-12).
- On March 10, reports to Army Air Force Tactical School, Maxwell Field as a Naval Instructor.
- On July 29, ordered to the Naval War College for instruction (Senior Course).
- In August, appointed Chief of Staff and Aide to the President of the Naval War College.
- On February 17, receives honorable mention in the U.S. Naval Institute's essay contest for "The Principles of War."
- In February, reports as Deputy Director of the Joint American Military Advisory Group, London.
- In April, assumes command of Carrier Division 6.
- In August, reports as Deputy Director of the Joint Strategic Plans Group of the Joint Staff Office, Washington.
- On August 9, reports as Navy Member to the Joint Strategic Survey Committee of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- On January 24, attached to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet as Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief.
- In August, appointed Commander, Sixth Fleet and Commander, Striking and Support Forces, Southern Europe.
- The Sixth Fleet evacuates U.S. nationals from Egypt and Israel during the Suez Crisis.
- In July, the Sixth Fleet lands U.S. forces in Lebanon following revolutions in Iraq.
- On September 30, is relieved as Commander, Sixth Fleet and assigned temporary duty in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
- On January 2, appointed Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe (CINCSOUTH).
- On April 1, is designated the Navy's Gray Eagle as the Naval Aviator on active duty in flight status longer than any other Navy pilot.
- On August 10, made an honorary member of Italy's National Association of Carabinieri.
- On August 25, made an honorary citizen of Rhodes.
- On January 1, transferred to the Retired List.
- Appointed Vice President of European Operations for McDonnell Aircraft.
- Retires from McDonnell Aircraft.
- On December 8, dies at Bethesda Naval Hospital.
Description of Contents
The Charles R. Brown Papers, comprising 19.01 linear feet of documentation, span from 1922 to 1997, with the bulk of the documents spanning from 1956 to 1962. While spanning much of Brown's career in the United States Navy, the papers are overwhelmingly the product of Brown's tours as Commander, Sixth Fleet (COMSIXTHFLT) and NATO's Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe (CINCSOUTH). In addition to focusing on Brown's many diplomatic and ceremonial functions, the papers touch upon such topics as the role of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, the role of NATO in opposing the spread of communism in the Mediterranean, Brown's thoughts on the threat posed by communism, efforts to reorganize the Department of Defense, and turmoil in the Suez, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon in the late 1950s and early 1960s, as well as Brown's retirement plans and family life.
Included in the collection are incoming and outgoing letters, memoranda, photographs, speeches, orders, newspaper clippings, notes, medals, and certificates.
The Charles R. Brown Papers are organized into seven series by document type. Correspondence, contained primarily within Series 1: General Correspondence and Series 2: Subject Files, comprises nearly two thirds of the collection. The letters within Series 1, arranged both chronologically and by correspondent, offer insights into the many ceremonial and diplomatic functions performed by Brown while serving in the Mediterranean, as well as the missions of the Sixth Fleet and NATO. Those letters which are contained within Series 2, arranged by subject, focus more on aspects of Brown's personal life, such as his retirement planning, his home in Annapolis, and his interest in gardening. Both series also document many of Brown's longstanding friendships both in and outside of the U.S. Navy.
The remaining third of the collection is composed of various document types. Series 2: Subject Files, which includes a wide range of document types, includes materials on Brown's early career as an aviator in the Navy, his interest in officer promotion potential, and his personal finances and interests. Most of Brown's writings, including articles, speeches, and a draft of his memoirs, are contained in Series 3: Writings and Speeches. The speeches, representing the most voluminous of Brown's writings, focus on the missions of NATO and the Sixth Fleet, as well as Brown's views on the threat of communism. Series 4: Newspaper Clippings and Publicity Files consists of newspaper and magazine articles pertaining to Brown's biography, his Mediterranean commands, and the various crises in the Mediterranean during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The majority of Brown's orders, including those for temporary additional duty, are contained within Series 5: Orders. Photographs, mostly in the form of black-and-white publicity/public affairs photographs, can be found in Series 6: Photographs. The photographs largely depict official functions attended or hosted by Brown, such as inspections, good-will tours, and receptions for visiting dignitaries. Finally, Series 7: Awards and Decorations contains certificates and medals awarded to Brown by the U.S. Navy, foreign governments, and foreign military commands.
The Charles R. Brown Papers are organized into the following seven series:
- Series 1: General Correspondence, 1950-1962
- Subseries 1a: Personal Files, 1950-1953
- Subseries 1b: Correspondence as Commander, Sixth Fleet, 1956-1958
- Subseries 1c: Correspondence as Commander in Chief, Allied Forces, Southern Europe, 1958-1962
- Series 2: Subject Files, 1925-1997
- Series 3: Writings and Speeches, 1922-1962
- Subseries 3a: Writings, 1922-1961
- Subseries 3b: Speeches, 1958-1962
- Series 4: Newspaper Clippings and Publicity Files, 1956-1963
- Series 5: Orders, 1932-1962
- Series 6: Photographs, 1934-1961
- Subseries 6a: Albums, 1957-1961
- Subseries 6b: Prints and Negatives, 1934-1961
- Series 7: Awards and Decorations, 1939-1965
- Subseries 7a: Certificates, 196-1961
- Subseries 7b: Medals and Plaques, 1939-1965
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Acquisition and Appraisal
Provenance and Acquisition
Gift of Commander Randall R. Brown in May 2015. Accession No. 16-12.
Related Archival Material
Additional correspondence concerning Brown, as well as his report on Aviation Accidents, can be found in the William Adger Moffett Papers, MS 198, Special Collections & Archives, Nimitz Library.
Additional material pertaining to Brown's time at the Naval Academy may be found in his Midshipman Personnel Jacket and Alumni Jacket, Special Collections & Archives, Nimitz Library.
Materials Cataloged Separately
No materials have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately.
Processing and Other Information
Charles R. Brown Papers, MS 438
Special Collections & Archives Department
United States Naval Academy
This collection was processed by David D'Onofrio in October 2016. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in October 2016.
These materials have been indexed in the Naval Academy Library online catalog using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.
Name and Subject Terms
- Allied Forces Southern Europe
- Brown, Charles R. (Charles Randall), 1899-1983
- Communism -- Middle East
- Mediterranean Region -- Foreign relations -- United States
- Mediterranean Region -- History -- 20th century
- Mediterranean Region -- Military relations -- United States
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization -- Mediterranean Region
- United States -- Foreign relations -- Mediterranean Region
- United States -- Foreign relations -- Middle East
- United States -- Military relations -- Mediterranean Region
- United States. Navy -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
- United States. Navy. Fleet, 6th
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Notes (documents)
- Orders (military records)
- Speeches (documents)
Series 1: General Correspondence, 1950-1962 Boxes 1-19Series Description
Incoming and outgoing correspondence, largely of a personal nature, kept by Brown. While much of the correspondence pertains to topics such as visits paid upon Brown, social events, and family affairs, the correspondence also touches upon notable naval and military events in the Mediterranean and changes in the command structure of the U.S. Military.Series Arrangement
Organized into three subseries by duty station and date.
Subseries 1a: Personal Files, 1950-1953 Box 1Subseries Description
Personal correspondence while serving as Deputy Director of the Joint American Military Advisory Group in London and as Commander of Carrier Division Six. The correspondence primarily pertains to Brown's personal finances, purchases, thank you notes, and the appointment of Brown's son to the Naval Academy.Subseries Arrangement
Subseries 1b: Correspondence as Commander, Sixth Fleet, 1956-1958 Boxes 1-7Subseries Description
Correspondence, both personal and official, with family and friends, fellow officers, ambassadors and diplomats, and foreign (largely Greek) military, political and religious leaders. Also included in the subseries are occasional press clippings. Chronological File letters include thank you letters, invitations, and holiday greetings, as well as letters regarding congratulations on assumption of command, social events hosted by the Browns, port calls and diplomatic visits, Brown's health, distinguished visitors to the Fleet, reactions to news and magazine coverage of Brown and the Sixth Fleet, and personal finances and real estate. Personal File letters include correspondence pertaining to such topics as the health of Brown's son Nick, the Navy career of Brown's son Randall, and other family affairs.
Naval topics and current affairs touched upon in the subseries include the 1956 Suez Crisis, the 1957 Jordan Crisis, the 1957 Syrian Crisis, and the 1958 Lebanon Crisis. Also included are Brown's thoughts on communism, the Soviet Union's involvement in the Mediterranean/Middle East, and proposed reorganizations of the Department of Defense surrounding the unified or single service model.
Correspondents include William Acworth, James E. Brenner, Ray Brock, Nicholas Brown, Randall Brown, Robison Brown, Admiral Arleigh Burke, Marion Campbell, Clare Green Duckett, Mrs. Theodore Gordon Ellyson, Temple Fielding, Admiral Cato Glover, Dr. Manfred Guttmacher, Basil Liddell Hart, Kathrina Brown James, Stella Keyser, Davis Merwin, George H. Miller, Lucian Moebus, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Rear Admiral Robert B. Pirie, Rear Admiral W. K. Romoser, Katriel Salmon, Gilven Slonim, E. B. Taylor, and Vice Admiral C. W. Wilkins.Subseries Arrangement
Organized into two sequences: Chronological Files and Personal Files. Chronological Files arranged strictly chronologically. Personal Files arranged chronologically by year; thereunder alphabetically by correspondent.
Chronological File, 1958 April
Includes scattered correspondence about the single service model/Department of Defense Reorganization Act and elections in Italy and Greece. Includes photographs of a visit by Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco. Includes Arleigh Burke's reaction to Brown's "Battle Hymn."
Subseries 1c: Correspondence as Commander in Chief, Allied Forces, Southern Europe, 1958-1962 Boxes 7-19Subseries Description
Correspondence, both personal and official, with family and friends, fellow officers, ambassadors and diplomats, and foreign (largely Italian) military, political and religious leaders. The correspondence includes thank you letters, requests for references and aid (regarding employment and immigration), and invitation responses, as well as letters pertaining to personal finances, family affairs, assumption of command as CINCSOUTH, the possibility of writing a book, personnel issues (requests for transfers, aid seeking appointments, nominations for citations), social events, life at Villa Nike, gardening, automobiles (both official and personal), the National Association of Carabinieri, diplomatic visits and tours of inspection, speaking engagements, NATO press coverage, and Brown's status as the Navy's Gray Eagle. Correspondence from 1961 also covers topics such as AFSOUTH's tenth anniversary, Admiral Brown's impending retirement, and his subsequent employment with McDonnell Aircraft. While much of the Personal File correspondence consists of incoming and outgoing letters, much of the Chronological File correspondence consists of copies of outgoing letters only.
Correspondents include William Acworth, Charles F. Adams, Rear Admiral Frank Akers, Captain A. A. Allen (Brown's Public Information Officer), Major General Charles H. Anderson, Captain E. Robert Anderson, Vice Admiral George W. Anderson, Rear Admiral John J. Bergen, Major General James P. Berkeley, General Siro Bernabo, General G. Bertrand, Lieutenant General Luigi Bianchi, Admiral Luciano Bigi, Admiral Sir Alexander N. C. Bingley, Admiral W. Fred Boone, Major General Umberto Borla, Rear Admiral James W. Boundy, Captain John T. Bowers, James E. Brenner, LCDR John W. Brown, Alastair Buchan, Admiral Arleigh Burke, Marion Campbell, Admiral Robert B. Carney, Mrs. Albert Carpenter, Rear Admiral R.W. Cavenagh, Rear Admiral William C. Chambliss, Rear Admiral Ralph Sperry Clarke, Prince Oddone Colonna, SECNAV John B. Connally, Rear Admiral Clifford S. Cooper, Captain Ralph Cousins, Dr. James E. Crane, Rear Admiral John F. Davidson, Brigadier General Roland Del Mar, Lieutenant General Umberto de Martino, Admiral Robert L. Dennison, Alice DuBois, Judge Bowie Duckett, Rear Admiral Henry E. Eccles, General Clyde C. Eddleman, Vice Admiral C. E. Ekstrom, Rear Admiral E. M. Eller, General Rustu Erdelhun, Major General Duilio S. Fanali, Lieutenant General Frank W. Farrell, Temple Fielding, Rear Admiral A. F. France, General Athanasios Frontistis, General Sir Richard Gale, Barrett Gallagher, Captain J. S. Gray, Robert R. Gros, General Antonio Gualano, General Aurelio Guy, Lieutenant General Paul D. Harkins, Rear Admiral Dale Harris, Basil Liddell Hart, Lieutenant General O. Harteon, Rufus Hayes, Brigadier General J. D. Hittle, Rear Admiral Reynold D. Hogle, Howard Hubbell, Campbell Keyser, Stella Keyser, Kathrina James, Rear Admiral R. K. James, Frank Gard Jameson, Commander John Lagonikas, Naples Mayor Achille Lauro, Captain Neville Levy, Wallace H. Lloyd, Jr., Ambassador John Davis Lodge, Prince Hubertus Lowenstein, General Bruno Lucini, Jenelle McCracken, Vice Admiral David L. MacDonald, James Smith McDonnell, Davis Merwin, Captain E. S. Miller, Rear Admiral George H. Miller, Admiral Lucian Moebus, General James E. Moore, Commodore Gail Morgan, Rear Admiral Ray C. Needham, Major General Ralph M. Osborne, General Kyriakos Panagopoulos, General Randolph McCall Pate, Mayor of Rhodes Dr. Michael Petrides, Rear Admiral J. L. Pratt, Representative Mendel Rivers, William Alfred Rose, General Aldo Rossi, Vice Admiral L. S. Sabin, Jr., Colonel Katriel Salmon, General C. V. R. Schuyler, Sir Robert Scott, Captain Gifford Scull, Rep. Armistead I. Selden, Jr., Colonel Leonard Shapiro, Rear Admiral William R. Sheeley, Culver Sherrill, Vice Admiral Harold Page Smith, Lieutenant General Harry P. Storke, General Cevdet Sunay, Major General Pietro Testa, Rear Admiral George van Deurs, John C. Washington, Captain Max Welborn, Vice Admiral R. F. Whitehead, Alice Widener, Vice Admiral C. W. Wilkins, Admiral Jerauld Wright, James D. Zellerbach, and Margaret Zogbaum.Subseries Arrangement
Organized into two sequences: Chronological Files and Personal Files. Chronological Files arranged strictly chronologically. Personal Files arranged chronologically by year; thereunder alphabetically by correspondent.
Personal - H (1959), 1958-1959
Includes correspondence regarding SHAPEX (Harkins), anti-submarine warfare (Harrigan), the Military Commentators' Circle (Hart), and long lead-time nuclear carrier appropriations (Hittle). Includes several memos and articles by Basil Liddell Hart on NATO and atomic weaponry.
Series 2: Subject Files, 1925-1997 Boxes 19-21Series Description
Documentation of both Brown's career in the United States Navy and his personal interests. Career related materials include studies on naval aviation (including safety and insurance implications), a study of promotion in line officer billets, requests for donations from and employment at AFSOUTH, the AFSOUTH tenth anniversary, and Brown's retirement. Materials pertaining to Brown's interests and personal life focus on personal finances, Brown's attempt to become president of either the new 15 California Colleges Complex (now the California State University system) or Louisiana State University, gardening, and the Browns' homes in Coronado and Annapolis. Included in the series are letters, schedules, biographical sketches, certificates, reports, notes, newspaper clippings, press releases, articles, legal documents, invoices, and certificates.
Included among the materials on Brown's homes are documents pertaining to the ownership of and modifications to the Jonas Green House at 124 Charles Street in Annapolis.Series Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by topic.
Series 3: Writings and Speeches, 1922-1962 Boxes 21-23Series Description
Speeches, articles, and memoirs written by Brown during and shortly after his U.S. Navy career. The documents pertain to such topics as the threat of communism, the missions of Brown's later commands, and a history of Brown's career.Series Arrangement
Organized into two subseries by document type.
Subseries 3a: Writings, 1922-1961 Boxes 21-22Subseries Description
Published and unpublished writings by Brown, including articles and a draft autobiography, entitled The Cat Brown Story - As Told by the Vertical Pronoun or One Pilgrim's Progress, which Brown was working on when he suffered a stroke on January 1, 1966, as well as associated research materials. Articles in the subseries pertain to World War I German surface raiders, the objectives and prosecution of war, and the role of NATO in preventing war and aggression in Southern Europe. Documents denoted by Brown as "Materials for Memoirs" consist of notes, clippings, pamphlets and speeches on topics such as the threat of communism, the threat of nuclear war, and the role of NATO, but appear unrelated to the production of his autobiography.
Two of the articles written by Brown, "The Principles of War" and "American National Strategy," received Honorable Mention in the United States Naval Institute's essay contest.Subseries Arrangement
Arranged by document type.
The Cat Brown Story - Chapters 5-9, undated
Chapter titles: Shore Duty -- And then, finally to a Fighter Squadron; The Bureau of Naval Personnel with its History of Cruel and Repeated Blunders; The Bureau of Personnel's One Shining Accomplishment; I Command my First Ship; and Training Continues as the Clouds of War Gather.
Materials for Memoirs - Pamphlets, 1959-1960, undated
Includes the House Un-American Activities Committee's "Facts on Communism," the British Council of Churches' "The Christian Dilemma in the Nuclear Age," USAREUR's "Germany East of the Curtain," and Kenneth Colegrove's ten part "Democracy Versus Communism Series."
Subseries 3a: Speeches, 1958-1962 Boxes 22-23Subseries Description
Speeches delivered by Brown before civic organizations, business organizations, military conferences, military support groups, and at Brown's command posts and military educational institutions. Topical coverage of the speeches includes the history and mission of the United States Sixth Fleet, Theodore Roosevelt, the history and mission of NATO and Allied Forces Southern Europe, deterrence in the NATO southern regions, and the histories of the organizations being addressed. Included in the series are drafts, release copies, and reading copies of the speeches.
Individually filed speeches for 1959, 1960, and 1961 are all preceded by a general speech file spanning the entire year.Subseries Arrangement
Speeches include Brown's Change of Command Ceremonies; Welcoming Remarks to Air Marshal Dunlap, Admiral Bingley, General Palmer, Admiral Dennison, General Eddleman, the European-Atlantic Group, Mr. Spaak, and the House Science and Astronautics Committee; Italo-American Association of Naples; West Point Founders' Day Dinner; Navy Wives' Club; Anzio-Nettuna Cemetery; Welcoming Remarks to MAAG Conference; AFSOUTH 8th Anniversary; Welcoming Remarks to Press Group; Blue Ribbon Award for South Pacific; the U.S. Marine Corps 184th Anniversary Ball; Welcoming Remarks to Under Secretary of the Army; and Remarks at Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Speeches include Welcoming Remarks to LTGEN J. Moore; VADM Fitzhugh Lee; ADM H. P. Smith, the NATO Defense College, and LGEN Storke; NATO Counsuls; NATO Wives; Welcoming Remarks to ADM BIGI; West Point Founders' Day Dinner; Acceptance Remarks at Unveiling of Lion of Saint Mark; Welcoming Remarks SACEUR's Major Subordinate Commanders Conference, NATO Parliamentarians, Joint Atomic Energy Committee, CINCENT and COMNAVCENT, and NATO Defense College; Allied Officers' Club; U.S. Press Group; DoD Team to Discuss Proposed SHAPE Tactical Warfare Technical Center; AFSOUTH-MAAG Conference; AFSOUTH Ninth Anniversary; Institute for Strategic Studies; SHAPE Conference Closing Remarks; Staff Answer & Question Period; Change of Command for ADM Needham and ADM Dixon; Rhodes, Greece Honorary Citizen; LANDSOUTH Change of Command; the Imperial Defense College; U.S. Marine Corps 185th Birthday; Italian Telecast; Italian Radio Broadcast; and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Speeches include the Gray Eagle Award; Industrial College of the Armed Forces; Italian Officers' Ball; Change of Command, LANDSOUTH; Welcoming Remarks to GEN Bernabo and the French Higher Military Studies Center Group; Welcoming Remarks to the Western European Assembly, National Commander American Legion, the NATO Defense College, U.S. Press, Radio, and TV Correspondents, AFSOUTH Embassy Conference, GEN Kuter, Admiral Sir D. Holland-Martin, COMSIXTHFLET VADM McDonald, SECNAV John Connally, COMLANDSOUTHEAST LTGEN Brown, SHAPE GEN Anderson, Congressional Reserve Group, and ADM James S. Russel; West Point Founders' Day Dinner; Doctors Harry A. and Bonaro W. Overstreet; the Western European Union Assembly; Italian Television "Southern Shield"; Forrest Sherman High School graduation; AFSOUTH Tenth Anniversary; LTGEN Storke Retirement Ceremony; U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare Presentation Team XVI; Malta Radio Program; U.S. Marine Corp Anniversary Ball; "Cat Brown Day"; Receipt of Statue and LANDSOUTH Medal; and Brown's Farewell Address.
Series 4: Newspaper Clippings and Publicity Files, 1956-1963 Boxes 23-25Series Description
Magazine and newspaper clippings pertaining to Brown's career and command posts. The clippings pertain to such topics as the mission of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, crises in the Mediterranean (Suez, Jordan, and Lebanon), the role of NATO, and Brown's biography.
Files marked as Publicity and News Clippings were originally bound together as part of Brown's official files. Files marked as Loose Clippings were collected separately, possibly by members of Brown's family.Series Arrangement
Arranged in two chronological sequences.
Series 5: Orders, 1932-1962 Boxes 25-26Series Description
Orders, primarily for temporary additional duty, received by Brown while serving with the Joint Strategic Plans Group, Joint Strategic Survey Committee, Atlantic Fleet, Sixth Fleet, and NATO Allied Forces Southern Europe. Included among the orders are travel vouchers, fitness reports, qualification questionnaires and medical questionnaires. The final three files in the series pertain solely to Brown's retirement from the U. S. Navy.Series Arrangement
Subseries 6a: Albums, 1957-1961 Boxes 26-31[OS]Subseries Description
Photograph albums, both bound and unbound, containing images of official events while Brown was serving as Commander, Sixth Fleet and Commander in Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe. The first nine albums, described as Public Affairs photograph albums, consist overwhelmingly of receptions for and meetings with dignitaries and military leaders, both foreign and domestic. Photographs taken during Brown's command of the Sixth Fleet were largely taken aboard U.S.S. Salem, and those taken during Brown's command of Allied Forces Southern Europe were largely taken in Naples, Italy. Other events depicted include NATO anniversaries, change of command ceremonies, events for Navy wives, awards ceremonies, and various dinners and parties at Villa Nike in Naples.
The remaining albums each pertain to a specific event, such as official visits to Greece, Turkey, and Allied Land Forces Southern Europe headquarters, as well as ceremonies for honors received by Brown.Subseries Arrangement
Arranged chronologically by command; thereunder by content type and subject.
COMSIXTHFLT - Public Affairs Photographs, 1957 June-1958 April
Includes photographs with the Shah of Iran, Rear Admiral E. E. Yeomans, Ambassador to Beirut D. R. Heath, President of Lebanon Camille Chamoun, Dickey Chapelle, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Admiral Robert Briscoe, Major General Don Jose Munoz Valcarcel, and Danish Minister of Defense Paul Hansen, as well as various delegations in Naples, Barcelona, and Villefranche.
COMSIXTHFLT - Public Affairs Photographs, 1958 April-June
Includes photographs with Lieutenant General Gillot, Lord Selkirk, General Palmer, and the Greek Royal Family, as well as delegations from Marseille, Valencia, Palma, and Rhodes. Also includes images of damage to U.S.S. Aldebaran and observations of Marine landings in Turkey.
CINCSOUTH - Public Affairs Photographs, 1959 January-March
Includes photographs with Admirals Jacobi, Wills, Ruta, Galantin, Evans, Tsatsos, Rossi, Ekstrom, Bingley, Burrowes, and D. L. McDonald; Generals Giachino, Boschetti, Harkins, Liuzzi, Daley, Lindsay, DePorto, Kennedy, K. Dovas, Mosca, Pompei, Dal Negro, Hollister, Allen, Canip Iskilipligil, Aldo Rossi, De Lorenzo, Leon W. Johnson, Lauris Norstad, C. V. R. Schuyler, Williston B. Palmer, and Mancinelli; Prefects Correra and Spasiano; and Ambassador Burgess.
CINCSOUTH - Public Affairs Photographs, 1959 April-July
Includes photographs with Admirals Ruta, Hogan, Arleigh Burke, Harris, Sir Alexander Bingley, Cochrane, J. M. Taylor, William A. Sutherland, P. F. Powlett, James A. Hirschfield, Charles Wellborn Jr., F. Koruturk, and R. L. Dennison; Generals Liuzzi, Allen, Ishgilipigil, Gay, Gendolfo, L. Kuter, Howard, Williston B. Palmer, Napoli, Lindsay, Deporto, Guadagni, Taylor, Beaufre, R. Sizaire, Gale, Sir Roger H. Bower, R. E. Lloyd, E. W. Suarez, G. Negroni, L. Bianchi, R. C. Lindsey, A. Guy, P. Harkins, G. Kelleher, T. R. Yancey, and Sir Horatius Murray; Senator Mahoney; Greek Royal Family; the Archbishop of Malta; Ambassador Jones; President of Turkey Celal Bayar; and the NATO Military Budget Committee.
CINCSOUTH - Public Affairs Photographs, 1959 August-December
Includes photographs with Admirals C. E. Ekstrom, Clarke, Cei Martini, George W. Anderson, D. H. F. Hetherington, J. W. Ailes III, Tyrwhitt, I. J. Galantin, Musmanno, and H. MacLean; Generals Clyde D. Eddleman, De Francesco, Yeager, De Marco, del Mar, T. Grigoropoulos, Tulga, R. Cupini, G. Fatuzzo, F. Kellerman, S. E. Anderson, Johnson, B. Lucini, Haydar Sukan, C. V. r. Schuyler, Babacan, Salvatori Campa, Borla, Enrico Formato, E. K. G. Sixsmith, Antonio Giachino, Mengotti, C. H. Anderson, Kennedy, Umberto Pompei, Charles D. Palmer, Harteon, and Remo Magiserelli; Air Marshals Sir Walter Merton and Walter Cheshire; NATO Secretary General Paul Henri Spaak; President of 20th-Century Fox George Skouras; and Congressmen Hall, Reichel, Langford, Mendel Rivers, Ostertag, and Rufus Hayes. Also includes a reception for the premiere of South Pacific and the Naples International Bazaar.
CINCSOUTH - Public Affairs Photographs, 1960 January-April
Includes photographs with Admirals C. W. Fox, Smith, J. W. Boundy, Francesco Mimimbelli, Fitzhugh Lee, Bernard F. Roeder, Luciano Bigi, Pecori-Giraldi, and Reynold D. Hogle; General Francesco Mosca, Eichelberger, Athanasios Frontistis, Bouvard, Condon, Keller Rockey, Luigi Cercuozzi, Antonio Scaramuzza, Lindsay, Delfino Trabucci, Moore, J. P. E. Bernatchez, and Lauris Norstad; Air Marshal Sir Harry Broadhurst; representatives of the Bank of Naples; Edward R. Murrow; and Ambassador Warren. Also includes images of the Major Subordinate Commanders Conference.
CINCSOUTH - Public Affairs Photographs, 1960 April-July
Includes photographs with Admirals I. J. Galantin, E. W. Clexton, Bartholomew Hogan, Harry Smith, Frank Akers, Hugh C. Haynsworth, H. Bos, William V. Davis Jr., R. K. James, Lucian Moebus, Alfred C. Richmond, Robert B. Pirie, and Murzi; Generals Phillip John, Thomas D. White, Frederick Foertsch, O. Harteon, George Decker, Frederick Smith, Fuat Ulug, Cortland V. R. Schuyler, Kyriakos Panagopoulos, Sir James Cassells, Ralph P. Swofford Jr., and G. W. Hickman Jr.; Air Marshal Sir W. J. Cheshire; author Liddell Hart; Lieutenant Colonel Julia Hamblet; Prince Hubertus zu Lowenstein; Congressman Donald L. Jackson; and Under Secretary J. V. Charyk. Also includes images from Agnano Race Track and Admiral Brown's garden.
CINCSOUTH - Public Affairs Photographs, 1960 August-October
Includes photographs with Captain James C. Longino; Admirals Dreyer and Pecori-Giraldi; Generals Walter B. Yeager, Harry P. Storke, Robert W. Ward, Aurelio Guy, S. E. Anderson, William L. Kennedy, Luigi Lombardi, and John P. Daley; and Air Marshal Bowling. Also includes images of Brown's Distinguished Service Medal ceremony.
CINCSOUTH - Public Affairs Photographs, 1960 October-1961 March
Includes photographs with Admirals William A. Schoech, Hazlett Weathermax, C. C. MacLean, J. O. Miner, G. B. M. Van Erkel, W. K. Mendenhall Jr., Peter Corradi, Philippe-Marie Auboyneau, Clifford S. Cooper, H. P. Smith, A. C. Richmond, H. T. Jewell, J. R. Lee, R. M. Smeeton, A. R. Gralla, James S. Russell, Robert B. Pirie, and Fracesco Ruta; Generals G. Boschetti, Pietro Testa, Charles R. Bond, R. T. Coiner Jr., Umberto Di Martino, Luigi Bianchi, E. W. Suarez, K. Panagopoulos, Lauris Norstad, Foties P. Stavreas, Cosimo Assumma, Antonio Gualano, C. H. Wood, Cesare de Porto, Sir Hugh Stockwell, S. Tzanetis, and Siro Bernabo; Congressmen William J. Green Jr. and James A. Byrne; Turkish Consuls General Besir Balcioglu and Mustafa Kaygil; Australian Ambassador H. A. McClure-Smith; and Ambassador Paul F. Foster. Also includes images of AFSOUTH Headquarters, the SHAPE periodic conference, the Western European Union Group, and Brown's plane the "Cat Bird."
Subseries 6b: Prints and Negatives, 1934-1961 Boxes 30, 32[OS]Subseries Description
Loose photographs depicting events from Brown's U.S. Navy career, particularly his commands of the Sixth Fleet and Allied Forces Southern Europe. In addition to numerous portraits of Brown, the photographs depict events such as various Navy ceremonies, inspection tours, official travel throughout the Mediterranean, and visits by dignitaries. Earlier stages of Brown's career covered by the photographs include his service during the Aleutian Survey and World War II. Included among the photographic prints are several negatives, as well as occasional pieces of related correspondence.
Also included in the subseries are photographs of Brown's garden in Naples.Subseries Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Subseries 7a: Certificates, 1960-1961 Box 32[OS]Subseries Description
Certificates of award from foreign governments, namely Brown's Order of George I from Greece, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, and honorary citizenship of Rhodes. Medals corresponding to the certificates are available in subseries 7b: Medals and Plaques.Subseries Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by country of origin.
Subseries 7b: Medals and Plaques, 1939-1965 Boxes 33-34[OS]Subseries Description
Military and foreign awards, as well as other medallions, received by Brown during the latter stages of his career. Navy awards included in the subseries include Brown's Bronze Star, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and Presidential Unit Citation. Foreign awards include the Order of George I from Greece, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, and honorary citizenship of Rhodes. Included with the official awards are other medallions received by Brown from various European commands and organizations with which he collaborated.
Also included in the subseries are medallions commemorating the Papacy of Pius XII and the marriage of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier of Monaco, as well as a single plaque from the Turkish Armed Forces.Subseries Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by country of origin.
United States - Miniatures, 1960-1961, undated
Includes miniatures of Brown's Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, World War I Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, and World War II Medal, as well as his Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and Order of George I.