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GoodBye08 Sep 2007 9:40 a.m. PST

I'm not really sure where to begin. A package arrived today that I've been expecting for just a few days. You want to talk about fast service—1 week ladies and gentlemen from Australia; that's right 1 week!

Let me start at the beginning; my father is a veteran of WWII. He was assigned to the USS Raymond, an American DE during the War in the Pacific. I suspect his service might have been just a footnote except the Raymond was assigned to protect the escort carriers: White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Fanshaw Bay, Kitkun Bay, St. Lo and the Gambier Bay. He was on board the Raymond during the Battle of Leyte Gulf at Samar!

I feel fortunate to still have him with me although he's getting old and I worry that he might be ready to give up. A few months ago I began talking with Mal Wright (our own GallopingJack) about a commission. I wanted something to cheer my dad up for Christmas. Mal did the research and very quickly created a historically accurate painting. The Raymond is featured in the foreground, exchanging gunnery with the HIJMS Haguro, while an Avenger gets ready to make its next pass—and most likely with no ammunition. In the background, American Escort Carriers flee to an approaching squall line, and in the far background a Japanese BB gives chase. BTW—the markings for the Avenger are correct also. I'm amazed at the man's skills; he truly is an artist in every sense of the word!

Here's a link to the painting:


I need to tell you that the painting is so much more spectacular viewed in person. I can't say enough how in awe I am of Mal's talents! The painting took a week to get here from Australia, absolutely amazing, and in perfect condition. I still can't find the words to express my gratitude to Mal for taking this commission.

Sometimes ‘Thank You' is all we have when better more grand words are called for.

Thank You Mal!
Donald Hauser

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2007 11:21 a.m. PST

Synflood, please extend thanks to your Dad for his

My Dad was a 'tin-can' sailor as well, and, while not
exposed to 8" salvoes from IJC CA's, his ship spent
many days on radar picket at Okinawa, which is where
he was wounded.

And the painting is masterful.

Eric Burgess08 Sep 2007 1:47 p.m. PST

Hi Donald,

Mal it one of the most kind, generous, and artistic wargamers I have ever met. I have many of his works of art; mainly building and terrain, but I cherish his friendship the most. He is also a masterful story teller and a superb game master\umpire.

A hearty thanks to your father for serving and I hope the painting brings a smile to his face.

- Eric Burgess

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2007 9:28 a.m. PST

Great picture and thank you to all those of the Greatest Generation.

Jane Paterson25 Jul 2022 7:55 a.m. PST


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