William Francis Raborn,, American former Central Intelligence Agency director, retired military officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal; recipient Robert J. Collier Trophy National Aeronautical Association, 1961, Presidential National Secuity medal, 1966, James V. Forrestal award National Security Industrial Association, 1966. Member of Mason (33 degree).
Raborn,, William Francis was born on June 8, 1905 in Decatur, Texas, United States. Son of William Francis and Cornelia Victoria (Moore) Raborn.
Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1928;
student, Naval War College, 1951-1952.
Commissioned ensign, United States Navy, 1928;
advanced through grades to vice admiral, United States Navy, 1960;
designated naval aviator, 1934;
assigned battleships, destroyers, aircraft carriers, 1928-1940;
established, Aviation Gunnery School, Barbers Point, Pearl Harbor, T.H., 1940-1942;
Executive officer, United States Ship Hancock, Fast Carrier Task Forces Pacific, 1943-1945;
chief staff, Commander Task Force 77, Commander Carrier Division 2, Western Pacific, 1945-1947;
operations officer, Commander for Naval Air West Coast, 1947-1949;
research and development guided missiles, Bureau Ordnance, 1949-1950;
deputy director guided missile division, Office Chief Naval Operations, 1952-1954;
commanding officer, United States Ship Bennington, 1954-1955;
assistant chief staff (operations), CINCLANT Atlantic Fleet, 1955;
1st director, Navy's Fleet Ballistic Missile Program
director, Office of Special Projects, Polaris Program
then deputy chief naval operations (development), United States Navy, 1963;
corporation vice president program management, Aerojet-General Corporation, Azusa, California, 1963-1965;
vice president, general representative, Aerojet-General Corporation, 1967-1970;
director, Central Intelligence Agency, 1965-1967. President W.F. Raborn, Company, Inc., 1970-1986.
Manifestations religious freedom include supporting separation of church and state, advocating for people everywhere to be guaranteed the right to worship free from discrimination, and lifting up respectful dialog as a healthy means to understanding.
As human beings people find themselves as part of an unjust, sinful and violent world, which we may feel individually helpless to change. If we accept forgiveness, God can enable us to resist evil and to live life to the full.
Member of Mason (33 degree).
Married Mildred T. Terrell, April 5, 1955. Children: Barbara Raborn Richardson, William Francis III.