Navy serviceman’s USS Nevada collection displayed at the Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas
The Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas recently acquired a collection of photographs and memorabilia from the renowned battleship USS Nevada through descendents of Andrew Thomas Levering, who served aboard the ship from 1931-38.
Salvaged and modernized, the USS Nevada served as a convoy escort and fire-support ship during World War II. In 1946, the U.S. Navy assigned the Nevada to be a target ship in the atomic weapons test Operation Crossroads. The Nevada was decommissioned on Aug. 29, 1946, and sunk during naval gunfire practice on July 31, 1948.
In 2008, several materials were donated to the Nevada State Museum after Levering's son, Robert, discovered a cache of USS Nevada documents and memorabilia, including his father’s duty book, shipboard diary, scrapbooks, a photograph album and medals. The collection will be displayed until April 30.
The Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas is at 700 Twin Lakes Drive in Lorenzi Park and is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. General admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors 55 and over, and free to children 17 and under.
Contact: Teresa Moiola, Department of Cultural Affairs, (775-687-8323