Trip to Ridgeway, PA for “Captain”

 

My film subject for  Captain, Dick Updaw,  and I took a trip to Ridgeway, PA this past Friday with the purpose of viewing a newly completed chainsaw carving,  commissioned by Dick,  and executed by sculptor James T. Link. The  sculpture, (maybe monument is the better term),  in white pine, depicts Cpl. Robert F. Hodes, USMC coming ashore on Iwo Jima near the end of World War ll. Cpl. Hodes died in this terrible battle on February 21, 1945 at age 19. Dick has worked hard, since 2004,  to single-handedly resurrect the memory of this young man who died for his country.

 

It was really something to see this sculpture complete; very inspiring and moving. The on again-off again rain coming down added to the serious, somber mood of the piece. I watched as a number of viewers looked the piece over quietly. I felt that I could read their thoughts…

I believe Dick and James were  proud of their accomplishment – and it was plain to see that a bond was forged during  the collaboration that brought this piece into existance. This monument makes tangible the memory of youth cut down in it’s prime…

 

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