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RAYMOND F. FARWELL, JR. (b. 1918). Naval Reserve Officer's Papers; 1941-1959, 1965. 2 cu. ft.

Raymond Forrest Farwell, Jr. graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor of science degree in government in 1940. While at Harvard, he was a member of the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps. Farwell was commissioned as an officer in the U. S. Naval Reserve in June 1941 and served on active duty in the U. S. Navy until December 1945. During World War II, he served on the following ships (YP: patrol craft; and APD: high speed transport): USS YP-74 (Dec. 1941-Apr. 1942); USS YP-88 (Apr.-Oct. 1942); USS Katmai (YP-575, Oct. 1942-Mar. 1943); and USS Kline (APD-120, Oct. 1944-Mar. 1945). Farwell served in Alaskan waters from December 1941 to June 1943.  After release from active duty, he continued to serve as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve until May 1959, when he was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Farwell's civilian career included administrative positions at Virginia Mason Hospital and the Swedish Hospital, both in Seattle, Washington.

The collection consists of the military papers of U. S. Naval Reserve officer Raymond F. Farwell, Jr. The collection contains Farwell's officer service record jacket, certificates, operation orders, night orders, a training speech on audiodisc, a World War II U. S. Navy officer's hat, 26 large nautical maps, and other miscellaneous items. The nautical maps, mostly by the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, are primarily of Alaska from Southeast to the Aleutian Islands.

 The collection was acquired by the archives in 2006.

JAS (11/2007)

Item List:


1. U. S. Navy Officer Service Record jacket; 1941-1959.
2. Certificate of commission in the U. S. Naval Reserve; 1941.
3. Certificate of satisfactory service in World War II; 1945.
4. Operation orders from the Naval Air Station in Kodiak; Dec. 1941-Apr. 1942.
5. Handwritten book of night orders for the USS Katmai; Oct. 1942-Jan. 1943.
6. Report from the USS YP-88 concerning the grounding of the MS Irene L. at Afognak Island in March 1942.
7. Photograph of the USS Kline; n.d. (b&w, 8 X 10 inch).
8.  Star Identification Template No. 3 for use on the Rude Star Finder and Identifier between latitudes 0 to 6 degrees north or south; n.d.
9. Atlas of Landforms;  By Major James L. Scovel, Lt. Colonel Emmett J. O'Brien, Major J. C. McCormack and Major R. B. Chapman, Department of Earth, Space and Graphic Sciences, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York; Published by John and Wiley Sons Inc., New York; 1965.
10. National Geographic atlas folio containing several maps; 1958.
11. "Whistle Signals," an address by Commander Raymond F. Farwell, USNR; Bureau of Naval Personnel, Sound Recordings for Naval Training, NAVPERS 1120RA; Recorded and pressed by Columbia Recording Corporation; n.d. (album containing three audiodisc recording, Parts 1-5, 57 minutes total time, 33.33 rpm., 16 inches in diameter; includes duplicate disc for Parts 3 and 4).
12. World War II U. S. Navy Officer's Hat with bullion cap ornament.