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Record 560/959
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Description Ship's Compass: polished wooden box with sliding lid; corners joined with simple tenons; compass is contained inside.

Taken off a British life boat that was sunk in the Caribbean in July or August, 1942. The life boat was probably from a merchant ship that was sunk by a German U-boat.

Nile W. Roeder was born in Oshkosh, WI on November 11, 1917. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and served on a destroyer doing convoy and antisubmarine duty. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He married Lois R. Mathwig on October 5, 1946. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and worked at the Continental Clothing Company for 43 years. He died in Oshkosh, WI in June 1979.
Dimensions H-3.25 W-4.75 D-4.75 inches
Year Range from 1935
Event World War II
Year range to 1942
Material Wood/Metal/Glass
Object ID 6602-3
Object Name Compass
People Roeder, Nile W.
Related Publications Larson, Bradley G. "Voices of History 1941-1945". Oshkosh Public Museum, 2003.
OEC Graphics, Oshkosh, 2/17/00, Photographic reproduction for OEC in-house promotion
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