Fred Lestle, Chief Boatswain’s Mate

Fred Lestle, Chief Boatswain's Mate on the USS LaVallette DD448, November 23, 1943

George wrote,  “A firm but fair “Boats”, Fred Lestle was an indespensable guide in turning green, farm and city boys, into fighting men.”

On the day this sketch was rendered, November 23, 1943, The USS LaVallette was located between the Marshall and Gilbert Islands.

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6 Responses to Fred Lestle, Chief Boatswain’s Mate

  1. Kyle says:

    What an awesome collection of first hand historical accounts. It’s amazing for me, as a young man of the up and coming generation to be able to see life through the eyes of someone who was the same age during one of the world’s most important eras. Thank you Julie and George, and Happy Birthday George!

  2. love your paintings
    happy birthday!

  3. J. Hannah says:

    It is strange and delightful to see Mr. Lestle standing in the position that I have often seen my husband standing . He was a Boatswain Mate during Vietnam. He has never spoken about the nineteen months he spent there; so, I do not know if this stance is common for servicemen or just a coincidence. However, I sense without a shadow of a doubt that your title of the painting is right on point for both of them.
    Happy Birthday George!
    Thank you for using your extraordinary talent and insightful gift in sharing the lives that you have captured so eloquently.

  4. Monica says:

    Happy birthday George. Ninety is an awesome age to be at. All the best in the years to come.

    from a girl in Nairobi, Kenya

  5. André says:

    Happy birthday mate
    Greetings from Germany

  6. gayle hargreaves says:

    George, how wonderful to see this site filled with your work and stories. I often think about you and the time we sat together in your studio and talked about your life and art. Happy belated birthday!

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