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Artifact In The Spotlight 

Each month the museum's collection staff highlights an artifact in the museum's collection.  

<p>Peacoat belonging to Electrician Mate 3rd class John Fenoglio.</p>

January 2020

Electrician Mate 3rd class John Fenoglio Peacoat.

John Fenoglio was born in March 29,1920, in Cherry, Illinois to an Italian immigrant family. His father worked in the coal mine industry. According to his draft document, dated July 1941, John was 21 years old, weighed 122 pounds, had a sallow complexion, gray eyes, brown hair and was about 5'8" tall.

In the United States Navy John was trained as an Electrician Mate 3rd class and he served on both the USS Ericsson (DD-440) in 1945 and the USS Los Angeles (CA-135) from 1945-1946. John's WWII-era uniform, peacoat included, was manufactured by Naval Clothing Factory.

After World War II, John owned and operated Fenoglio TV and Appliance in Marseille, Illinois where the store was open from 1947-1989.




<p>Newspaper article about Steve Belichick from the Great Lakes Bulletin.</p>

February 2020

Newspaper Article about Chief Specialist Steve Belichick.

The sports teams at Great Lakes have a long history peppered with athletes who went on to accomplish amazing feats on and off the field. One such sailor was Chief Specialist Steve Belichick.

Belichick joined the Navy in 1942 and served in both Europe and the Pacific Theater during World War II. He later went on to spend over thirty years as a scout for the United State Naval Academy and is the father of current New England Patriots coach, Bill Belichick. Check out this article about Chief Specialist Steve Belichick's football feats from a 1942 edition of The Great Lakes Bulletin.



<p>Red Cross uniform belonging to Grace McNally</p>

March 2020

Grace McNally WWII Red Cross Artifacts.

During World War II, the American Red Cross played a critical role in the wartime effort both on the front and home front. By 1945, 7.5 million Red Cross volunteers assisted the organization’s 39,000 paid staff in providing service to the military. Throughout World War II, the organization served 16 million military personnel.

The Midwest’s Ninth Naval District had Red Cross staff members assigned to it to assist the installation with numerous medical functions on base. This shadowbox features Grace McNally’s World War II Red Cross Uniform, identification card, and accompanying photographs and certificate. In her early twenties, McNally volunteered for the Red Cross and served throughout the war. During her time at the Red Cross, she served in the Motor Corps and drove ambulances. Her sister, Margaret McNally, also volunteered for the Red Cross.


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Published: Mon Mar 23 11:18:52 EDT 2020