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Lid of US Navy mess kit

Date: 1940s
Dimensions:
Overall: 15 x 162 x 200 mm, 0.1 kg
Medium: Tin
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Lid
Object No: 00028961

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    Description
    This United States Navy mess kit lid belonged to Louis Polack, a Rockport Massachusetts artist. Polack served in the southeast Pacific onboard USS GEORGE CLYMER during World War II. The lid features engraved illustrations of lights and the ocean, and is engraved "USS GEORGE CLYMER March 24-1943, Arrived Fiji March 29".
    SignificanceThis lid 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

    Primary title: LID OF MESS KIT

    Web title: Lid of US Navy mess kit

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