UNIFORM, RIBBONS, PINS AND RELICS OF SUBMARINE CAPT. ARTHUR F. RAWSON, JR.
ARTHUR F. RAWSON (b. 1919) Career U.S. Navy officer, graduated U.S. Naval Academy 1942, Executive Officer aboard USS BOARFISH and captain, USS HAMMERHEAD from May, 1945 until the end of the war. Excecutive officer USS CAIMAN and USS GABEZON during Korean War, commander USS CONGER, later attached to NATO. An excellent grouping of material belonging to Rawson, much of it from his World War II service. Present is Rawson''s captain''s uniform, named to him in the pocket with maker''s label from "U.S.Navy Naval Uniform Shop Brooklyn, N.Y.", fine condition with gold-plated sterling submariner''s pin by maker H&H, submariner''s combat pin with one riveted gold star, and fifteen mounted ribbons from World War II through Vietnam. Also included are some very significant keepsakes from Rawson''s career. These include: a silver presentation napkin ring from the USS BOARFISH to Rawson, one side bearing the vessel name, a submariner''s dolphins and a two-patrol combat submarine symbol, the reverse showing Rawson''s name and the dates of his service aboard the sub, which included the destruction of two Japanese cargo ships; WITH a similar presentation napkin ring from his service aboard the USS HAMMERHEAD with (detached) submariner''s dolphins, from his service during the sub''s last war patrol which also resulted in the sinking of two ships, with a second napkin ring from the HAMMERHEAD which also has the name of the USS CONGER engraved on the reverse, with Rawson''s dates of service; WITH a 2 1/2" x 5" brass plate from one of the "21" SUBMERGED" torpedo tubes aboard the USS HAMMERHEAD, made by Electric Boat in Groton, Ct.; two metal plates from the submarine USS CABEZON aboard which Rawson patrolled the straits between Japan and Russia, includes a Mark 33 torpedo "ordnance alteration" plate and an air system plate. Finally, there are seven various membership cards, almost all service-related. A great grouping!