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Floyd Hoskins papers

Identifier: MS-0039

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of artifacts, certificates, correspondence, drawings interviews, magazines, maps, newspapers, photographs, travels logs, travel orders, and writing pertaining to the military and professional career of Floyd Hoskins.


  • 1930-2008


Language of Materials

Materials are in English and Russian.

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; no restrictions

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright has been transferred to the University of West Georgia Library.

Biographical/Historical note

Floyd Hoskins (1912-2000) was born 1912 in Colorado. At the age of two his family moved to Iowa to work on a farm. He graduated high school in 1930 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Navy gave him the opportunity to escape the economic hardships of the Great Depression. In 1932 he was stationed in Hawaii and trained as a ship’s engineer. While stationed in Hawaii, he taught himself Japanese. On December 7, 1941 he was aboard the USS Saratoga in the Bay of San Diego. The USS Saratoga was one of the first U.S. naval ships to respond to the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. During WW II he served as the Chief Engineer on the USS Saratoga. He also served as the Executive Officer on the USS Callaghan. At the Battle of Okinawa the USS Callaghan was hit by a Japanese kamikaze and sunk. Hoskins and half of the crew were able to survive by using life rafts. He was later reassigned to the USS Rowan. Hoskins was awarded a Purple Heart and the Silver Star during World War II.

After the completion of World War II Hoskins continued to serve in the Navy and he spent 1946 as part of the Allied occupation of Japan. He then returned to the U.S. where he joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He studied Russian and he was a part of various covert operations in Eastern Europe. He was simultaneously in the Navy and the CIA. He spent a year as the Commander of the USS Glennon in the 1950s. He retired from the Navy in 1959.

In the 1960s Hoskins moved to Florida where he started a successful real estate business. He also studied history at Florida State University. West Georgia College (presently the University of West Georgia) hired him as a professor of Asian history in 1971. During this time he became friends with the future congressman Newt Gingrich. Hoskins and Gingrich continued a friendship and correspondence for the rest of Hoskins’ life. After leaving West Georgia College, Hoskins worked as a gemologist. He remained socially active and became president of the Kiwanis International. He also served on the U.S. Military Academies Appointment Board under Congressmen Newt Gingrich and Bob Barr.

He died from lung cancer in 2000.


1.86 Linear feet (3 boxes and 1 map folder)


Papers and artifacts of Floyd Hoskins (1912-2000), sailor in the U.S. Navy from 1930 to 1959 and Lieutenant Commander in the Pacific Theater. In his later career, Hoskins served in the CIA and as a professor of history at West Georgia College.

Arrangement note

Arranged in four series:

Series I – World War II Service Series II – Post World War II Military Service Series III – Kiwanis International and Miscellaneous Series IV – Artifacts

Materials are arranged alphabetically and by series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Susan Sapp, Executor of Hoskins Estate, October 2014

Processing Information note

Processed by Shannon Danielle Smith, 2010, and Cody Doegg, 2014
Guide to the Floyd Hoskins Papers MS-0039
Finding aid prepared by Written by Cody Doegg
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Language of description note
Description is in English

Revision Statements

  • November 5, 2014: Updated content based on additional material.

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States