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Melva Lillian Cole with serviceman and two boxers

Photograph showing four people standing in the ring at a boxing match. At left and right are two unidentified boxers. Second from right is an unidentified man in a military uniform. Second from left is Melva Lillian Cole of Fargo, North Dakota, who visited Portland from December 12, 1942 to January 8, 1943. Cole was visiting Portland to christen a ship, PC 816, a submarine chaser known as Hell Hornet, at Albina Engine & Machine Works in Portland. Her husband, Navy serviceman Wilson Burnett Cole, was killed in a German submarine attack off Cape Hatteras in 1942. Image note: The number 32 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Launching / Hell Hornet / 1/8/43” is written on the negative sleeve. Also see image Nos. 375A0434, 375A0435, 375A0437, 375A0438, 375A0439, 375A0440, 375A0441, 375A0442, 375A0443, 375A0444, 375A0445, 375A0446, 375A0447, 375A0448, 375A0449, 375A0450, and 375A0451.

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