|ART BY FRED RYPSAM
|MANY MORE PHOTOS COMING SOON!
My Great Uncle Fred Rypsam
painted this picture
of the Howard F. Clark,
a Destroyer Escourt (DE),
with another DE in the distance.
My Father, Commander David Miller,
was the captain of this ship,
which was named
after a brave Navy fighter pilot
who died early in World War II.
My Dad commisioned Fred
to do a painting of just the ocean,
a view he saw and still loved.
despite sacrificing many years
to win the war.
My Uncle Fred persuaded him to have
his ship in the oil painting.
I love the way the sun is breaking
through the dark and cloudy sky,
as well the mighty Pacific Ocean waves,
which became the burial blankets
of so many brave US Navy sailors.
God bless them. We should all honor
them and thank them
for keeping our country free.