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Raymond Farr

Chief Engineer

SS William K. Vanderbilt

United States Merchant Marine

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: May 16, 1943

 


CHIEF ENGINEER RAYMOND FARR was born in 1896 in Illinois. He married his wife Anna in 1915, and went to sea for the first time shortly thereafter. He served in World War I, and saw "plenty of action".  The Farr family moved to New Jersey around 1918, settling at 348 Reading Avenue in Barrington NJ, where they lived until about 1941, when they move to Westville. He served on ships between the wars, with periods where he took employment locally, including stints as chief engineer at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, and at Campbell's Soup in Camden NJ.

Raymond Farr returned to the sea late in 1942.  He was lost on May 16, 1943. when his ship, the SS WILLIAM K. VANDERBILT, was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific. Of the 57 crew members aboard, he was the only man lost. 


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