This collection consists of approximately 1,400 total items including approximately 550 letters from 1944 to 1955 between John Patrick Rembert and his wife Sarafan, as well as other correspondence regarding homelife and the military and World War II. Also included in this collection are photo albums and loose photographs, including many portraits of John Patrick Rembert and Sarafan Rembert, relatives of the Remberts, friends and family and the Rembert's travels. There are several 8x10 official Naval photographs of the Remberts and Naval parties and dinners, as well as eight 8x10 photographs of the 1968 Washington D.C. "Negroe Integration Riots." The collection also includes many pieces of ephemera, including many certificates including a 1921 Masonic certificate of the 32nd Degree, cards, and drawings, as well as a collection of John Patrick Rembert's Naval buttons.
Items range in date from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s (bulk 1910s-1950s).
Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
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John Patrick Rembert was born in Texas in 1907, went to the US Naval Academy and moved with his wife Sarah to Arlington, Virginia in the mid-1940s and lived there until his death in 1976. Rembert obtained the rank of Rear Admiral in the US Navy. Throughout his career with the Navy, Rembert earned the Flying Cross with Gold Star, the Air Medal with 5 Gold Stars, the American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medail, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He was Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Facility in Hawaii, USS Salerno Bay, USS Tarawa. He fought during WWII in the Solomans Campaign, and many other Island campaigns as a Commander of Air Group 40. He was also commander of the USS Orca, where many of the letters are from.
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This collection is currently being arranged and described. Researchers may wish to consult with a staff member for further information in advance of using the collection.
One box inscribed J. P. R. including assortment of Naval buttons, pins, and cuff-links belonging to John Patrick Rembert moved to Manuscript Artifact Collection. Collection includes inscribed box, seven pins, three pairs of cuff-links, and thirteen brass eagle buttons.
Accessioned and minimally processed in May 2010 by Ute Schechter, Warren E. Burger Archivist. Processing and finding aid completed by Katie Dixon, SCRC staff in July 2010.
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