March 21, 2015
Damian Petro (great nephew of Cmdr James Sanders)
presenting his scratchbuilt model of the
USS Gambier Bay to the Oregon Maritime Museum in Portland, Oregon
This is my model of the USS Gambier Bay CVE-73 which is scratch built from cardboard and is in 1/200th scale. The model shows how she looked on the morning of October 25,1944, the day she was lost to the Japanese in The Battle Off Samar, Philippines. This model is special to me because my great uncle, James A. Sanders, was the chief engineer on the Gambier Bay during all of her service life including the day she went down. It will be a homecoming of sorts because she was built in the Kaiser shipyards in the Portland area.
Bob Woolsey (currator), Damian Petro, Arlen Cole (President, Oregon Maritime Museum)
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