Merchant Marine/Navy World War Two Oral History and Memorabilia Collection, 1943-1946
Navarre, Jack B (merchant seaman) 1925-
Porter, John C
Armed Forces History, Division of (NMAH, SI)
United States Merchant Marine
San Mateo Coast Guard Station
0.01 cu. ft.: 1 folder
San Mateo (Calif.)
Born in Detroit, 1925. In Oct. 1943, at 18, Navarre joined the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps as a Cadet-Midshipman Engineer; underwent basic training at the San Mateo Coast Guard Station, California, Jan.-April 1944. He then reported aboard the S.S. CANADA VICTORY in San Francisco for training afloat and served on three separate ships in the South Pacific War Zone, 1944-1945. After his training period on the CANADA VICTORY ended in Feb. 1945, he served a tour doing engine maintenance aboard the S.S. SEA FLASHER, March-June 1945, followed by a tour as an oiler aboard the S.S. SEA PARTRIDGE, June-Sept. 1945. He served aboard the S.S. COAST RICA VICTORY, Oct. 1945, sailing to Marseilles, France, and Naples, Italy, and then aboard the S.S. MALVERN HILL to Puerto Rico, Jan. 1946.
A diary kept by John C. Porter, a sailor on the U.S.S. Severn, during World War II.
Official correspondence, identification papers, and ephemeral material relating to Navarre's service in the Merchant Marine, 1943-1946. Correspondence concerns his appointment and training in the Merchant Marine Cadet Corps and discharge from the Merchant Marine. Identification papers include seaman's passport, cadet school ID card and service record, Coast Guard pass, and an ID card for Puerto Rico. Other materials include ship's crew passes from the vessels he served on, a shore leave pass for Naples, a job assignment card, and overtime sheets from tour aboard the SEA PARTRIDGE. Many materials are attached to pages from a scrapbook. Also ship's menus, 1944, and a photocopy of a ship's newspaper, September 3, 1945, describing the surrender of Japan.
Merchant Marine/Navy World War Two Oral History and Memorabilia Collection, 405, Archives Center, National Museum of American History