Brooklyn-born Marine Corps Vet now makes his own museum-quality warships
Added 11-11-19 07:13:02am EST - “Raymond Daughtry, 87, who served in Marines during the Korean War, has for years been paying tribute to America's most famous warships ?" by making his own museum-quality models from scratch.” - Nydailynews.com
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Raymond Daughtry, 87, who served in the 19th Infantry Battalion, Second Division from 1950 to 1954 during the Korean War, has for years been paying tribute to America’s most famous warships — by making his own museum-quality models from scratch.
In the art room of the JASA Brookdale Village Senior Center In Far Rockaway, Daughtry recently stood proudly next to his most recognizable work — a scale model of the USS Arizona, the Navy battleship sunk by the Japanese during the Dec. 7, 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The Arizona lost 1,177 crewmen — nearly half of the 2,400 military and civilian casualties that day.
“All I had was a plan, I had no materials,” he said. “There was no book of instruction. It took a lot of patience, I couldn’t rush it.”
Daughtry’s love of building replicas ships began when he was growing up as the oldest of eight siblings in Bedford-Stuyvesant making "little model planes,” he said.
“I’ve always liked a challenge," he said. "I figured I’d join the Marine Corps because it would really show me what I was made of.”
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