Guide to the Merchant Marine/Navy World War Two Oral History and Memorabilia Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0405
Creators:
Porter, John C.
Armed Forces History, Division of (NMAH, SI).
Navarre, Jack B., 1925- (merchant seaman)
Dates:
1943-1946
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.01 Cubic feet
1 folder
Repository:
The collection documents Jack B. Navarre's service in the Merchant Marine's and Navy between 1943 and 1946.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of official correspondence, identification papers, and ephemeral material relating to Navarre's service in the Merchant Marine between 1943 and 1946. The correspondence concerns his appointment and training in the Merchant Marine Cadet Corps and his discharge from the Merchant Marine. Identification papers include his seaman's passport, his cadet school ID card and service record, his 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 his tour aboard the Sea Partridge. Many of these materials are attached to pages from a scrapbook. Of interest also are several ship's menus from 1944 and a photocopy of a ship's newspaper, dated September 3, 1945, describing the surrender of Japan.
Papers relating to John C. Porter include his diary, kept while serving on the U.S.S. Severn, and his photograph.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Jack B. Navarre was born in Detroit in 1925. In October 1943, at the age of 18, he was accepted into the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps as a Cadet Midshipman Engineer. He underwent basic training at the San Mateo Coast Guard Station in California from January to April 1944. He then reported aboard the S.S. Canada Victory in San Francisco for a period of training afloat.
Navarre served on three separate ships in the South Pacific War Zone between 1944 to 1945. After his training period on the Canada Victory ended in February 1945, he served a tour doing engine maintenance aboard the S.S. Sea Flasher from March to June 1945. This was followed by a tour as an oiler aboard the S.S. Sea Partridge from June to September 1945.
He subsequently served aboard the S.S. Coast Rica Victory in October 1945, sailing to Marseilles, France, and Naples, Italy, and then aboard the S.S. Malvern Hill, sailing to Puerto Rico in January 1946.
John C. Porter was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1924, and grew up in Claremont, New Hampshire and later in Newport, Rhode Island. He developed an early interest in radio, building his own radios and working for a radio and TV business installing antennas. He took and passed the FCC's test to acquire amateur call letters, but Pearl Harbor intervened. Amateur radio use was prohibited, and no call letters were issued for the duration of World War II. He wanted to be a radioman in the Navy, and was accepted.
At the age of eighteen, Porter joined the Navy in Providence, Rhode Island. He was assigned to a new ship being commissioned at Sparrow's Point, in Baltimore, the U.S.S. Severn, which saw service in the Pacific. After the War, Porter worked as a plumber and school custodian in Scituate, Rhode Island. He retired in 1987 and died in 1992.

Administration
Processing Information
This collection was processed by Craig A. Orr, archivist.
Author
Craig Orr
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by Delia Porter, date unknown, and Jack B. Navarre, August 24, 1990.

Container
1

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Merchant Marine/Navy World War Two Oral History and Memorabilia Collection, 405, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use
Some material in collection probably under copyright.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Armed Forces History, 1991.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Newspapers -- Ships -- 1940-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Oral history -- 1940-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks -- 1900-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Identity cards -- 1940-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Menus -- Ships -- 1940-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 1940-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Military passes -- Ships -- 1940-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1939-1945 -- Merchant Marine Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ships -- Manning Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Merchant Marine -- Manning of vessels -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Merchant Marine -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Seamen -- 1940-1950 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Merchant seamen Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1940-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Marine engineers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Diaries -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
San Mateo (Calif.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Passports Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Merchant Marine Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
San Mateo Coast Guard Station Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Armed Forces History, Division of (NMAH, SI). Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives