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Arthur Edwin Brenton papers

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 1998 Box 16 (98.0386-98.0409), Folder: 98.0391 - Folder 1
Identifier: 98.0391

Scope and Contents

The collection relates to Arthur Edwin Brenton who served aboard the USS  Pennsylvania battleship during World War II in the Pacific Campaign as a member of the U.S. Marine Guard.  The collection includes a diary, typed transcript of the diary, personal papers, newspaper clippings, as well as ship's newsletters.


  • Created: 1942-1945
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1944
  • Other: Date acquired: 06/16/1998


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Arthur Edwin Brenton was born on February 24, 1913, and served as part of the US Marine Guard attached to the USS Pennsylvania, BB38.  He participated in the retaking of Attu and Kiska, Makin, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Guadalcanal, Saipan, Guam, New Hebrides, Solomon Islands, Peleliu, Palau, Admiralties, Leyte, and Luzon Islands.  He was also involved in fierce fighting in the Surigao Straits and evacuation of Filipino refugees.

After World War II, the USS Pennsylvania was used as a target ship in the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll during July 1946. She was then towed to Kwajalein Lagoon where she decommissioned on August 29. She remained in Kwajalein Lagoon for radiological and structural studies until February 10, 1948, when she was sunk stern first off Kwajalein. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on February 19, 1948.  Brenton passed away July 19, 1991.


5.00 folders

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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Source of Acquisition

Arthur Edwin Brenton

Method of Acquisition


Arthur Edwin Brenton papers
Craig Whittington
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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