San Francisco Shipwreck Walk offers historical look at coast
A Special Moment of Thanks.... To Leon Rader, Master Sculptor, for donating his time and artistic skills, in the creation of these Granite Monuments dedicated to the Ship's crew and the City and County of San Francisco.
Leon, a Russian, was born in Rumania. He attended the world famous art College of Luve, near Lemberg Poland. Leon studied art and worked at the college studio shop for 8 years, sculpturing in stone, marble and granite. He graduated with honors, obtaining his Certificate as a Master Sculptor. Leon migrated to Italy, and then to San Francisco in 1980. His business, "Art in Stone". is in Colma, CA
He does this great work, because of his patriotism and his love for America, his country. We are richly rewarded having Leon and his family became Americans.
Chief Johnny Johnson and Leon Rader
After WWII, veteran crew members of many vessels formed associations that were restricted to officers and crew only. The original idea was that these associations would last only as long as the crew members lived, and then disappear into history. However, many of us who are the sons and daughters and grandchildren of those who served do not want the men and ships to be forgotten, and with the advent of affordable, sophisticated web technology, it is now possible to create a living "virtual" web memorial that will not only keep the memory of these ships and crew alive, but will actually continue to grow as new information from cruise books, estates and attics continues to come to light.
The Physical Memorial at Land's End
Best World War II Memorial
In 1942 the cruiser USS San Francisco attacked a vastly superior Japanese force off the coast of Guadalcanal. It was the most brutal close-quarters naval engagement of World War II. The San Francisco took some 45 direct hits and sustained heavy damage while sinking one Japanese ship and seriously damaging two others (including a battleship). One hundred and six sailors, including Rear Admiral Daniel Callaghan, were killed and 131 more wounded. Despite it all, the San Francisco safely made it back to port. This savage battle is commemorated by an unusual memorial in Land's End. The USS San Francisco Memorial is oriented toward Guadalcanal, and it eschews the usual symbolic folderol in favor of something far more visceral: a shell-ridden section of the San Francisco 's bridge. The site of heavygauge steel perforated like paper captures the fury and horror of that night better than any sculpture ever could.
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