Don A Farrell

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Don A Farrell
BornDon A. Farrell
(1947-07-28) July 28, 1947 (age 74)
Redmond, Oregon, U.S.
OccupationHistorian, educator, researcher
LanguageEnglish
Alma materCalifornia State University San Bernardino
GenreHistory
Notable worksTinian and The Bomb
Modern History of the Northern Mariana Islands
History of the Mariana Islands to Partition
The History of the Northern Mariana Islands
The Sacrifice of Guam: 1919-1943
The Americanization of Guam: 1898-1918
[Liberation-1944: The Pictorial History of Guam
Website
micronesianpubs.com

Don Allen Farrell (born July 28, 1947) is an educator, local historian and author based on the island of Tinian in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). He is known for his research and publications on the history of the Marianas Islands with an emphasis on World War II.[1]

Early life[edit]

Don Allen Farrell was born on July 28, 1947 in Redmond, Oregon.

Farrell received his high school diploma from Hillcrest High School in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1965 and afterwards joined the United States Air Force (USAF) where he served until 1971. Upon completing his tour of duty in the USAF, he enrolled at California State University at Fullerton, where he earned a BA in Biology in 1973. He went on to earn a secondary teaching credential at California State University San Bernardino in 1974.

Academic and public career[edit]

Farrell's academic career began at Rim of the World High School in Lake Arrowhead, California in 1975. In 1977, he moved to the island of Guam, where he taught at Inarajan Jr. High School and John F. Kennedy High School. During his early years on Guam, he began a fascination with and subsequent research into the history of WWII on that island. In 1980, he joined the Guam Legislature as a Public Relations Officer, and in 1982 took on the role of Chief of Staff for the Speaker of the Guam Legislature.[2]

In 1987, Farrell moved to the island of Tinian where he worked as a high school teacher at Tinian High School and a Historical Consultant for the CNMI Public School System. From 1989 to 2014, Farrell served on the Senior Management Team of the Governor of Guam, as the Public Information Officer for the Tinian Municipal Government and as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Mayor of Tinian.[3]

Publications[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Liberation–1944: The Pictorial History of Guam, Micronesian Productions (1984) ISBN-13: 9780930839000
  • The Americanization of Guam: 1898-1918, Micronesian Productions (1986) ISBN 9780930839017
  • Tinian: A Brief History, Micronesian Productions (1988) ISBN 9781936626472
  • The Sacrifice of Guam: 1919–1943, Micronesian Productions (1991) ISBN 9780930839024
  • The History of the Northern Mariana Islands, CNMI Public School System (1991)[4]
  • Saipan: A Brief History, Micronesian Productions (1992) ISBN 9780930839031
  • Guam: A Brief History, Micronesian Productions (1994)
  • Rota: A Brief History, Micronesian Productions (2003)
  • History of the Mariana Islands to Partition (2012) ISBN 9780615407302
  • Modern History of the Northern Mariana Islands (2017)[5]
  • Tinian and The Bomb (2017)[6]

Articles and essays[edit]

  • "The Northern Marianas: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory" Glimpses of Micronesia and the Western Pacific (1979: Volume 19: 4)
  • "Spare The Bullets: Save our People" Glimpses of Micronesia and the Western Pacific (1980: Volume 20: 4)
  • "A Marriage Made in Micronesia" Guam Business News (November 1988)
  • "The Partition of the Marianas: A Diplomatic History, 1898–1919" Isla: A Journal of Micronesian Studies (2.2 Dry Season, 1994: 273-301)[7]
  • "Operations Tearaway & Tattersalls: The Battle for The Northern Mariana Islands" Chapter 8 in Toni L. Carrell, (Ed.) CNMI Maritime Context: A Maritime History and Archaeological Overview of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Ships of Discovery, 2012.

Awards and citations[edit]

  • Resolution of Commendation; Guam Legislature, 1987
  • Proclamation of Commendation; Governor of Guam, 1987
  • Ancient Order of the Chamorri; Governor of Guam, 1991
  • CNMI Governor’s Award for the Arts, 1991
  • CNMI Governor's Award for Preservation of History, 2011
  • CNMI Governor’s Award for Publications in History, 2018[8]
  • CNMI Senate Commemorative Resolution, 2019[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Propst, Ed (1 November 2007). "The Historian of the Marianas". MP Magazine. November-December 2007: 2.
  2. ^ "Don Farrell". Guampedia.
  3. ^ David C, Henly (4 December 2014). "Living on WWII History". Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  4. ^ Stephen, Ambrose (14 December 2017). "Don Farrell, Historian for Marianas". Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours.
  5. ^ Chan, Dennis B. (9 December 2014). "NMI history book to get updates".
  6. ^ "Tinian and the Bomb". Air Power History. Winter 2013 - Volume 60, Number 4: 4.
  7. ^ "Partition of the Marianas". Guampedia.
  8. ^ "Northern Marianas Humanities Council 2018 Annual Report" (PDF). Northern Marianas Humanities Council.
  9. ^ "Commemorative Resolution 21-1" (PDF). Legislature of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.