the Artist: R.C. Moore
In the early 1990's, Mr. Moore was commissioned by the Gambier Bay and VC-10 Association to do a painting of the Nuclear Carrier George Washington. In official ceremony on July 4,1992, some of the surviving members of the USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73)passed their hull number 73 to the commanding officer of the USS George Washington (CVN-73). The painting of the George Washington and a print of "Freedom's Cost" hang in the Officer's Lounge aboard the George Washington.
Mr. Moore's paintings of Navy and Historic ships of every period are in many private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad.
At the time of these paintings, Mr. Moore served as President of the Prestigious American Society of Marine Artists.
Mr. Moore had the following to say about the painting and the Gambier Bay survivors:
"Working with the survivors of the Gambier Bay was a great pleasure and privilege. First hand accounts from members of the crew on that momentous day were essential to the accuracy of the painting. However, when I first submitted a pencil sketch for approval, I was told in no uncertain terms, "If the Japanese cruiser had been as close as you drew it, then we would have all died of fright!" Needless to say, the cruiser was subsequently painted at a greater distance. My best wishes to all of the survivors of the Gambier Bay, who are indeed my personal heroes!"