Easter, Daren Harrison
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A scrapbook maintained by Daren Harrison Easter during his service aboard the U.S.S. Birmingham (CL-62), 1942-1956. It contains daily photographs, ephemera and shipboard newspaper clippings, and ephemera from the Birmingham's service in locations from Okinawa to Australia.
Please note that the Dudley Knox Library presents this unique item in digital format courtesy of an NPS alumnus, who retains the original item.Daren Harrison Easter was born April 15, 1923 in Homer, Louisiana and enlisted in the U.S. Navy on December 4, 1942 in Birmingham, Alabama. He served as an Aircraft Machinist's Mate on the U.S.S. Birmingham (CL-62) and was honorably discharged from service on March 17, 1946. He then attended Alabama College at Montevallo and Howard College (now Samford) in Birmingham, Alabama. He moved to Decatur, Alabama in 1948 and married Frances Milton West Easter (1926-2012). In Decatur, he started a general insurance and real estate business that was later named the Easter Agency, Inc. In addition to his business, he was an active volunteer and community leader throughout his adult life. He served at various times as president of the local Jaycees, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, the Morgan County Tuberculosis Association, chairman of the Red Cross of Morgan County, director of the Decatur Boys Club, and Commodore of Flotilla II of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He also served in his church, Westminster Presbyterian, as an elder and Sunday school superintendent for many years. He spoke very seldom of the war, but would occasionally show this photo journal of his life on the Birmingham to his children and grandchildren. He died on March 5, 2003 in his home in Decatur, Alabama. He is survived by his children, Robert Daren Easter and Carlin Aileen Easter McQuiddy, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. His grandson, Jonathan Easter (Major, USA), is an alumnus of Naval Postgraduate School.
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