Personal correspondence (1939-1952) contains several items of interest, including Christmas cards (undated) containing derogatory comments about the Japanese. Also included in this material are letters (1947, 1952) from Admiral Hanson congratulating Fahrner on his release from naval duty and advising him about the possibility of returning to active duty in the event that "war might come accidentally."
Military correspondence, orders, and records (pre-World War II) deal with Fahrner's entry into the Navy and attendance at Midshipman School (1940), assignment to the USS
ARIZONA, and appointment to the staff of Commander Battle Force aboard the USS
CALIFORNIA (1941). During World War II the material deals with Fahrner's continued assignment to this staff, but aboard the USS
NEW MEXICO and USS
PENNSYLVANIA (1942). After receiving anti-aircraft training and serving on Atlantic convoy duty (1942-1943), Fahrner was ordered back to the Pacific as an aide and flag lieutenant on the staff of Admiral Edward W. Hanson of COMBATDIV 9 (1943-1945). Fahrner was then assigned to Hanson's staff at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard until his separation from the service (1945-1947).
Naval publications consist of ships' newspapers (1944-1945), newsletters from Pearl Harbor (1945), and a program,
Here Comes the Navy, for an all-star baseball game at Pearl Harbor.
Miscellaneous material includes accounts of shipboard life, menus, a speech, poetry (possibly by Fahrner), and newspaper clippings documenting Fahrner's commendation for meritorious service and his transfer to Pearl Harbor.
Oversize material consists of publications, magazine clippings, a 1944 newspaper article and illustration of the USS
WISCONSIN and a poster, "Air Defense," depicting the USS
SOUTH DAKOTA in action.