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Francis E. Ridgway papers

 Collection — Container: 15.0016 - Box 1
Identifier: 15.0016

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to Francis E. Ridgway who served as a Gunners Mate, Second Class, on the United States Naval Destroyer Ship U.S.S Ellyson. This collection contains 36 letters from Francis Ridgway to Ruth De Rosier and two letters from "Father Bill" to Ruth De Rosier. There is also a personal handwritten journal from Francis which documents his time aboard the Ellyson, and an Official Order for awards earned by Ridgway.


  • Created: 1944-1946
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/08/2015


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

Francis E. Ridgway was in the United States Navy and served on the destroyer ship, U.S.S Ellyson. He served as a Gunners Mate, Second Class. On the Ellyson, Ridgway served in Okinawa, Japan. The U.S.S Ellyson patrolled in the south Atlantic coast. It served as a flagship in June of 1942, as an escort ship for a cargo ship containing Army Planes, and was the first invading ship in Okinawa, Japan.


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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

Frank Ridgway

Method of Acquisition


Francis E. Ridgway papers
Carmellina Moersch
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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