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|71k||James Joseph Raby was born in Bay City, Mich. on 17 September 1874. He was appointed Naval Cadet on 09 September 1891. Commissioned Ensign on 01 July 1897,
he advanced rapidly in rank, becoming a Commander 01 July 1914, Captain 23 November 1919, and Rear Admiral 01 November 1927. In 1912 he commanded USS Oregon (BB 3) with
additional duty as commander of the port of Apra, Guam. During World War I, he received the Navy Cross for convoy escort duty while commanding Albany and later Missouri
(BB 11). After various assignments in Washington, D.C., in 1922 he became Commandant of the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., and of the 8th Naval District. In 1931 he became Commandant of
the 6th Naval District with additional duty as Commandant of the Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
He died in an auto accident near Midway, Ga., 31 miles south of Savannah, on 15 January 1934. Accompanied by Lieutenant E. B. Abernathy, his aide, and Mrs. Abernathy, he was on his way from Florida to Charleston, South Carolina, when the car turned over in attempting to pass another. The three were thrown clear of the car as the machine, driven by Lieutenant Abernathy, went out of control. The Admiral suffered a fractured skull and died within 15 minutes. Mrs. Abernathy was brought to a hospital suffering severe shock and undetermined injuries. Lieutenant Abernathy was slightly cut over one eye. Admiral Raby was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
USS Raby (DE 698) (1943-1953) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the web site: Arlington National Cemetery)
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|101k||25 August 1947: San Francisco Bay, Cal. - Bow on view of USS Raby (DE 698) off Mare Island.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-698-1599-47)
PNCM, USNR (ret.)
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
|76k||25 August 1947: San Francisco Bay, Cal. - Broadside view of Raby off Mare Island. She was in overhaul at the yard from 27 June to 08 September 1947.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-698-1597-47)
|111k||25 August 1947: San Francisco Bay, Cal. - Stern view of Raby off Mare Island. She was in overhaul at the yard from 27 June to 08 September 1947.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-698-1595-47)
|47k||undated post-war image||Elton L. Murray, Jr.|
|69k||aft engine control panel|
|132k||undated: USS Raby (DE 698) going full astern prior to departing Pearl Harbor. In the foreground is USS Marsh (DE 699) with crewmen preparing the ship for departure.
(U.S. Naval Institute Press Photo from the book "Anti-submarine Warfare: An Illustrated History" by David Owen)
England, United Kingdom
|View the USS Raby (DE 698) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Raby as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Raby's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 07 Dec. 1943 - .. Aug. 1944||Lcdr. James Scott II, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA ‘35) (Baltimore, Md.)
||2.) .. Aug. 1944 - .. Sep. 1945||Lcdr. John Lathrop Slade Jr., USNR (Hinsdale, Ill.)
||3.) .. Sep. 1945 - .. Nov. 1945||Lt. John M. Regan, USNR
||4.) .. Nov. 1945 - .. Jun. 1946||Lcdr. Horatio N. Warren, USNR (Prince Edward Island, Canada)
||5.) .. Jun. 1946 - ||Lcdr. Gustave Albert Wolf, USN (USNA ‘39) (Bloomsburg, Pa.)
||6.) ~1949 - .. Aug. 1950||Lcdr. Thomas Chapin Buell, USN (USNA ‘41) (Bisbee, Ariz.)
||7.) .. Aug. 1950 - .. Mar. 1952||Lcdr. George Henry Rood, USN
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