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Framed vintage poster of the USS South Dakota BB7 during the Battle of Santa Cruz. South Dakota was credited with shooting down 29 planes in that battle. South Dakota was one of the new fast battleships built early in WWII. The ship is easy to ID as it has only four 5" gun mounts on each side. All the other ships of this class and the and the other fast battleships had five of those gun mounts on each side. There was admirals quarters instead of the 2 gun mounts as it was intended to be flagship. The image is identified underneath the mat, "Air Defense, Battle of Santa Cruz Dwight Shepler" Dwight Shepler was a commissioned US Navy officer & artist . In 1942 he received a commission from the US Navy’s officer-artist program and was soon sent into the South Pacific. In 1943 he went to Derry, Northern Ireland (October 1943) and England and took part in the 1944 Normandy invasion as an artist. With events captured clearly in his mind and on film, Shepler went home to Massachusetts to create more details painting from his sketches and film footage. Over his entire career he observed the landings at Ormoc Bay and Lingayen Gulf and operations at Corregidor and Bataan. Again he took all the images back home to finalize the last of over 300 paintings in total. He finally retired from the service with the rank of commander and was awarded the Bronze Star. Frame measures 34" x 28" . Poster is also identified in the bottom right corner " Dwight Sheppler USNIC Santa Cruz Oct. 26, 1942". excellent

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Estimate $200 - $400Jul 28, 2018
Willoughby, OH, USA