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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 Programdirector, Office of Special Projects, Polaris Programthen 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.


Local church is the fundamental unit of mission in denominational life.


The Lord has given His people the mission of making disciples from every nation.


Some personalities are difficult to manage, especially if they are prone to despair. Do not give up on a search of the paths of God, and the sense of joy and assurances you are looking for will be received.


Member of Mason (33 degree).


Married Mildred T. Terrell, April 5, 1955. Children: Barbara Raborn Richardson, William Francis III.

William Francis Raborn,

Cornelia Victoria (Moore) Raborn,

Mildred T. Terrell

Barbara Raborn Richardson Raborn,

William Francis III Raborn,