WORLD WAR II
4th of July Parade 1942

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Description Gelatin print of a July 4th, 1942, parade in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, during World War II.
Event World War II
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Gelatin print of a July 4th, 1942, parade in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, during World War II.

Pictured here are possibly members of the American Legion of Oshkosh, carrying the colors down Main St.

The Oshkosh post was organized in September of 1919, when World War I veterans petitioned for a charter. Shortly after that the post was given it's charter "The Oshkosh Post #70, The American Legion" . The Ladies Auxiliary was formed in 1922. The name was changed to "Atley H. Cook Post #70" in honor of the first veteran to lose his life in service of his country in WW I.

Atley H. Cook was born in Oshkosh, WI on April 9, 1894, the son of William and Amy (McIlroy) Cook. In 1917 he was serving as a member of the 2nd Recruit Company, Coast Artillery Corps at Fort Totten, New York when he died of disease on May 26, 1917. He was the first soldier from Oshkosh to die during World War I. His body was shipped back to Oshkosh for burial shortly after.

The year 1947, the name was change to "Cook-Fuller Post #70, The American Legion" in honor of WW II veteran Earl Brice Fuller.

Earl Brice Fuller was born in Oshkosh, WI the son of Earl E. and Theresa Fuller. He graduated from Oshkosh High School and attended the Oshkosh State Teachers College. He enlisted in the US Navy on February 26, 1940 and received his basic training at Great Lakes and radio school in San Diego. He was first assigned to the cruiser USS Savannah. He served on board the destroyer USS Murphy in the North African Campaign. He returned to Oshkosh on furlough and was later assigned to the carrier USS Belleau Wood in the Pacific. He became a radio operator/gunner on Navy dive bombers. He was listed as missing in action on December 27, 1943 while returning from Sydney, Australia on a transport plane. It was later determined that the plane crashed north west of New Caledonia, killing all seventeen on board.

The buildings in the back ground were razed to build the bank building that is on the west side of the 100 block.
Object ID p2005.24.26
Object Name Print, Photographic
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 5" x 7"
Subjects World War II
Homefront
War rallies
Main Street
Parades & processions
Group Photographs
American Legion
Title 4th of July Parade 1942
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