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Base of US Navy mess kit

Date: 1940s
Overall: 40 x 172 x 205 mm, 0.3 kg
Medium: Tin
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Saucepan
Object No: 00028960

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    This United States Navy mess kit base, also used as a saucepan, belonged to Louis Polack, a Rockport Massachusetts artist. Polack served in the southeast Pacific onboard USS GEORGE CLYMER during World War II. The bottom of the mess tin is engraved with a list of places he visited onboard the GEORGE CLYMER including Melbourne, Australia.
    SignificanceThis saucepan is part of a United States Navy mess kit, which was issued during World War II.
    HistoryThe USS GEORGE CLYMER was built in 1940 by Ingalls Shipbuilding of Pascagoula, Mississippi. Originally named AFRICAN PLANET it was launched on 27 September 1941 and renamed GEORGE CLYMER on 9 January 1942. It was purchased by the United States Navy on 15 June 1942 and commissioned under the command of Captain Arthur T. Moen. During its 25 year career with the Navy, GEORGE CLYMER took part in four wars: World War II, the Chinese Civil War, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. On 31 October 1967, USS GEORGE CLYMER was decommissioned in San Diego, California.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Base of US Navy mess kit

    Primary title: SAUCEPAN, BASE OF MESS KIT

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