S Sleifeld Limited Edition Lone Sailor ~ USN Military Award for Eddie Albert
Vintage bronze sculpture US Navy award. Signed and dated by the sculptor Stanley Sleifeld this limited edition sculpture is known as "The Lone Sailor" being created in 1987 in life size for the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. It is awarded annually to sea service veterans who have distinguished themselves, drawing upon their sea service experience to become successful, in their subsequent careers and lives, while exemplifying the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment The 1998 recipient of this particular sculpture was Eddie Albert.
Prior to World War II, and before his film career, Albert had toured Mexico as a clown and high-wire artist with the Escalante Brothers Circus, but secretly worked for U.S. Army intelligence, photographing German U-boats in Mexican harbors. On September 9, 1942, Albert enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and was discharged in 1943 to accept an appointment as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for his actions during the invasion of Tarawa in November 1943, when, as the pilot of a U.S. Coast Guard landing craft, he rescued 47 Marines who were stranded offshore (and supervised the rescue of 30 others), while under heavy enemy machine-gun fire.
Sculpture marked / signed - S Sleifeld '86 c 20
Marked on front plaque on marble base: The Lone Sailor Award 1998 - Eddie Albert - The United States Navy Memorial Foundation
Edward Albert Heimberger, known professionally as Eddie Albert, was an American actor and activist. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1954 for his performance in Roman Holiday, and in 1973 for The Heartbreak Kid.
A stunning collectible sculpture for your vintage nautical home decor, bronze sculpture collection or Hollywood star collection.
Sculpture (without base) measures: 15.25" tall
Base measures 6" by 4.5" by 1.25" tall
In good condition with some small signs of use commensurate with age - please see all pictures as they form part of the description
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