A COMMISSION FROM WW2

MEMORIES OF D-DAY

I am working on a very interesting piece from the Battle of Normandy in WW2. The client’s father was the Captain of one of the US Navy LCTs making two landings in the second wave at Omaha Beach before being destroyed. The entire crew survived.

My client’s father was the Captain of U S Navy LCT number 147, in the “Second Wave” at Normandy, on D-Day in WW2. He came to D-Day following amphibious assaults in Africa and Italy He kept meticulous notes, and the ship’s log plus dozens of photos. This material provided the basis for the piece of art created by Bob. The background of the piece is the actual TOP SECRET (obviously no longer so) map provided combatants. The centerpiece is the LCT that made two landings before being sunk accidentally by an-other American craft. Bob created the ship art based on four different photos shot after the two beachings. It also helped that Bob had served five years as a Naval Officer.

The piece contains elements saved in a box by the client’s dad who never spoke of his experiences. These include the Distinguished Service Medal with a bronze star, that ranks third in precedence among the US Navy medals; his Navy binoculars, and before the ships were towed away to be scrapped, he saved the ship’s hull plaque.

In addition to the Distinguished Service Medal, he was awarded The Legion of Merit, The Silver Star with one Bronze Star, The Purple Heart, The Bronze Star with one bronze star, The Presidential Unit Citation, The Navy Expeditionary Ribbon, The American Theater Ribbon and The European African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with five Bronze Stars. I am working on a very interesting piece from the Battle of Normandy in WW2. The client’s father was the Captain of one of the US Navy LCTs making two landings in the second wave at Omaha Beach before being destroyed. The entire crew survived.

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