NEWPORT NEWS, Va., June 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Twenty-eight apprentices from Newport News Shipbuilding's Apprentice School were among the 418,500 Americans who gave their lives to protect America's freedom during World War II. To honor these fallen heroes, maritime artist Thomas C. Skinner painted the "Memorial Mural" in 1947. Now, more than 70 years later, the mural will get a restorative facelift.
Working with Cole to capture the loss and emotion felt during World War II, Thomas Skinner acted as NNS' in-house artist, complete with a studio in the yard. First enlisted during the 1930s by his brother-in-law, NNS President Homer L. Ferguson, Skinner produced numerous paintings and sketches that captured the energy and production of both shipbuilders and machines. Many of his works were featured in shipyard ceremony programs and The Apprentice School's publications."The conservation and restoration work being done at The Mariners' Museum will restore the mural's vibrant colors and ensure that it will be well displayed for many years to come in our new facility," said Jim Hughes, a training manager at The Apprentice School. "We're looking forward to having it on display once again as a memorial to those 28 apprentices who paid the ultimate price for freedom." Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder at its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions. Employing about 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, HII also provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial energy industry and other government customers, including the Department of Energy. For more information about HII, visit:
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