Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, March 1, 1999

Painting hung at Winsted Legion Club

Giles Guggemos, Inc. recently donated and hung an 8-foot x 10-foot reproduction of Jim Sharpe's painting, "Anchors Aweigh," at the American Legion Post 407 in Winsted.

The painting represents 200 years of United States naval history from the U.S.S. Constitution to today's nuclear navy.Anchors Aweigh

The reproduced painting or mural covers the west wall in the Legion club and "is spectacular in depicting Naval history" according to Legion Post 407 Commander Dick Genty, a World War II Navy veteran.

The mural features the battleship Arizona, the atomic submarine Nautilus, and two World War II Navy airplanes, as well as "Old Ironsides," the U.S.S. Constitution.

The officers and members of Legion Post 407 have placed a value of $2,500 on the mural and are extremely grateful to Giles Guggemos' corporation and its president for its donation to the Post. Guggemos, a former Winsted resident and U.S. Navy veteran, was encouraged by his brother and Post 407 member, Noel, to make the donation.

The April 1998 issue of The American Legion magazine featured Sharpe's painting on its cover to illustrate Adm. Elmo Zumwalt's article "The U.S. Navy at 200." In the article, he said:

"If sea power is a constant of American history, then our hope for the next century lies in the Navy's remarkable history of innovation. The Navy has 'reinvented' itself time after time: in the Civil War, with the battleship navy, with carrier and amphibious warfare, and again with the nuclear and ballistic-missile navy."


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