Lyman Davis Graham,
NOAA (retired) - September 8, 1890 - March 1, 1982. Captain
Graham, one of the original members of the Coast and Geodetic
Survey Commissioned Service was born in Colebrook, New Hampshire.
He attended Pennsylvania State College where he received a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Civil Engineering on June 15, 1915.
He entered on duty with the Survey as a Deck Officer on June
15, 1915. His ship assignments ranged from serving aboard the
BACHE as his first assignment, to serving on the RANGER, PATHFINDER,
MARINDUQUE, LYDONIA, PIONEER, DISCOVERER, and OCEANOGRAPHER
as Executive Officer; and aboard the WESTDAHL, MARINDUQUE, FATHOMER,
MIKAWE, DISCOVERER, PRATT, GUIDE, and PIONEER as Commanding
Officer. His other assignments included the Division of Hydrography
and Topography; Junior Officer on wire drag party; chief of
various field parties; Coast Pilot; Inspector at the New Orleans
Field Station; and at the time of his retirement, Inspector
at the San Francisco Field Station.
During World War I, Captain Graham served the U.S. Navy on the
Atlantic Convoy. He served again with distinction with the U.S.
Navy during World War II, in California and the South Pacific
as head of seamanship. For this service he received a commendation
by the Chief of Naval Personnel with strong recommendation for
immediate promotion from Commander to Captain in 1945.
Captain Graham's wife, Anna L. passed away in 1965. He is survived
by four children.
NOAA CORPS BULLETIN, 4/1/1982