Panel 1:American Merchant Marine
The United States Merchant Marine has
faithfully served our country in times of war
and peace, hauling life and cargo to
every corner of the world.
This memorial is dedicated to those brave men
and women of all races, creeds and colors
who answered that call to serve.
National Maritime Day
May 22, 1989
Jasper D'Ambrosi [1926 - 1986]
The sculptor, Jasper D'Ambrosi was born and raised in Wilmington, California. His creation of the original design was finished and accepted in early 1986. However D'Ambrosi died August 1 of the same year before starting the final clay model. The enlargement was done by his sons Marc and Michael as a tribute to their father. The ?Jacob's Ladder' was cast at the family foundry, Arizona Bronze, Tempe, Arizona in 1967