WORLD WAR II
Construction of the Sailboat "Southern Cross"

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Record 356/959
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Collection Leverette V. Pierce
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print of Construction of the Sailboat "Southern Cross".
Year Range from 1943
Event World War II
Year range to 1943
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Candid outdoor view of three men building the sailboat "Southern Cross". Taken on New Caledonia island. The boat was constructed out of scrap materials by several men from Winnebago County. Pictured left to right are: A. Brown (Menasha); Jacob J. Ostwald, Jr. (Oshkosh); and W. Vice from Metcalf, IL.
Leverette V. Pierce was a native of Oshkosh, WI and worked as the manager of Oshkosh Building Supply Company. He was married and his wife's name was Edna R. Pierce. He was drafted on April 30, 1942. He received his basic training at Fort Sheridan, IL and was assigned to the 230th Signal Operation Company. He was promoted to Private 1st Class on July 18, 1942 and rose to the rank of Technician 4th Grade. His unit served in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. While stationed at New Caledonia, Leverette and his friends built a sailboat called the "Southern Cross" and in 1944 built a motorboat called the "Chief Oshkosh".
Object ID P1977.1.8
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Pierce, Leverette V.
Ostwald, Jacob J., Jr.
Print size 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Subjects Portrait photographs
Male
World War II
United States Army
Soldiers
Pacific Theater of Operations
Boat & ship industry
Boats
Construction
Sailboats
Title Construction of the Sailboat "Southern Cross"
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