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Motor Torpedo Boat Ceremony

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Collection Motor Torpedo Boat
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print of a Motor Torpedo Boat Ceremony.
Year Range from 1944
Event World War II
Film Size 4" x 5"
Year range to 1945
Medium Photographic Paper
Neg # 11371
Notes Image of a Motor Torpedo Boat and Oshkosh citizens responcible for the funds to build it. A ceremony was held in Annapolis, MD to show the appreciation of Oshkosh residents for their efforts in selling War Bonds. Dick and Ella White (1st left and 4th left) of Oshkosh, WI are identified, the other people and Navy officers are unidentified. Three of the officers are wearing Soviet Navy uniforms. Two wear the rank of Captain 3rd Rank, while the one in center is a Lieutenant Commander. A Motor Torpedo Boat, or PT Boat, is in the background.
A house-to-house campaign by the Oshkosh War Bond Drive Corps sold over a half-million dollars of War Bonds to people in Oshkosh during the 6th War Loan Drive in December 1944. Richard and Ella White led the campaign in Oshkosh. 3,577 subscriptions were received totalling $748,000, more than enough money to sponsor the cost of building a Motor Torpedo Boat.
Object ID P2003.66.5
Object Name Print, Photographic
People White, Richard J.
White, Ella M.
Place Annapolis, MD
Print size 8" x 10"
Subjects World War II
Homefront
War work
Boat & ship industry
War bonds & funds
Motorboats
Torpedo boats
Soviet Union
Title Motor Torpedo Boat Ceremony
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