From the Oregonian, 17 Sept. 1942:
Ravin Given Army Award
Philippines Hero Gets Purple Heart
Award of the Order of the Purple Heart to Frederick S. Ravin, son of Mrs. Jeanne Ravin, 2907 N. E. Couch Street, Portland, one of three officers and 18 enlisted men first in the Navy to receive the Army decoration, was announced by the Navy Tuesday. Ravin, a torpedoman first class who was on shore duty at Cavite when Manila fell, presumably was fighting with Army forces. His mother was notified on February 5 that he had been severely wounded early in January. Later word indicated he might be back in action on Bataan.
The Navy has since notified Mrs. Ravin that he is listed as missing in action. He is a veteran of eight years service in the Navy.
The awards to the men were ordered by Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright prior to the fall of Corregidor.
Mrs. Ravin's other son, John C. Ravin, former student at Benson High School and Oregon Institute of Technology, also is a torpedoman first class, now serving on a destroyer in the Pacific.
From the Oregonian, 12 Mar. 1943:
Mother Told Son Prisoner.
The navy department has notified Mrs. Jeanne Ravin, 2907 N. E. Couch Street, that her son, Frederick Scott Ravin, navy
torpedoman first class, who had been carried for many months on navy records as missing, now is known to be a Japanese prisoner of war in the Philippines.
Ravin, who had been in the navy eight years, was serving on Cavite when Manila fell and later was thought to have joined other United States forces fighting the Jap invasion for he was reported to have been severely wounded in January of 1942.
His mother was notified last September that he had been awarded the purple heart medal.
Brother Reported Killed.
His younger brother, John Crockett Ravin, also a navy torpedoman first class, was reported last September to have been killed aboard his ship, a destroyer, in action in the Solomon Islands area November 13.
Mrs. Ravin said Wednesday that the navy had notified her that he had been cited for a posthumous decoration by his commanding officer, who said he was responsible for the sinking of an enemy cruiser in the engagement.
John Ravin's body was buried on a small Pacific island after full navy honors had been paid him aboard ship, Mrs. Ravin was informed.
From the Oregonian, 11 Mar. 1948:
Double Rites Set for Pair.
Double funeral services will be Saturday at 10 A. M. in Lincoln Memorial Park chapel for Frederick Scott Ravin and John Crockett Ravin, Portland brothers, both of whom held ratings as torpedoman first class in the navy, who lost their lives in the Pacific war. The American Legion Post named for them will conduct the services.
Frederick Ravin had been in the navy eight years and was on shore duty on Cavite when Manila fell. He joined the fighting on Bataan, was wounded in January, 1942, and was later reported to be a prisoner of war. In March, 1945, the navy reported he had been killed in action. He was 25 years of age.
John Ravin, who was 21 years old, entered the navy in 1938, when he was 17. He was a member of the crew of a destroyer on duty in the south Pacific. The navy announced in December, 1942 that he had been killed in action in the performance of his duty.
Both bodies were recently returned from temporary burial in Pacific areas. The mother of the brothers, formerly Mrs. Jeanne Ravin of 2907 N. E. Couch, now Mrs. Jeanne Ruth of San Francisco, will come to Portland for the services.
Masonic rites will be conducted and the military rites and a firing squad will be supplied by Frederick and John Ravin post No. 134, American Legion. Officiating will be the Very Reverend Charles M. Guilbert of St. Stephen's Episcopal Cathedral. The Ross Hollywood Mortuary will be in charge.
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