Half-length portrait of Melva Lillian Cole (center) with two unidentified women on December 30, 1942, after she arrived in Portland from Fargo, North Dakota. Cole had been invited to the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland to christen PC 816, a submarine chaser known as Hell Hornet. Her husband, Navy serviceman Wilson Burnett Cole, had been killed in a German submarine attack off Cape Hatteras in June 1942. The Oregon Journal published a front-page story about Cole’s arrival on the front page of its December 30 final edition. The story, headlined “City Greets Widow of Sub Hero, Who Is Thrilled Over Launching,” reported that Cole was greeted by “Mrs. E. E. Trahan and Mrs. Ruth Ott of the Navy Mothers and Mrs. P. S. Kaadt and Mrs. Mary Prentice of the Portland Federation of Women’s Clubs.” She was also greeted by Navy servicemen K. A. Johnson and W. N. Edwards; see related image No. 375A0446. Image note: The number 40 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, 375A0436, 375A0437, 375A0438, 375A0439, 375A0440, 375A0441, 375A0442, 375A0443, 375A0444, 375A0445, 375A0448, 375A0449, 375A0450, and 375A0451.