Sir-Francis-Drake-Sword-Silver - Famous Marine and sixteenth-century English privateer. Born in the hold of a ship and was orphaned a few years, being picked up by the skipper of a boat. Soon took control of the sea and its dangers, engaging in trade risky overseas. In a fight he was defeated by the Spanish, after which vowed revenge and dedicated his life to it attacking and plundering Spanish ships and goods from the New World.
De Weldon and Marine War Memorial, circa 1954. The caption reads: "Mr. Felix W. de Weldon, sculptor of the famous Marine Corps Memorial, is shown putting finishing touches on the plaster model, prior to its being sent out in sections for bronze casting." From the John C. McQueen Collection (COLL/64) at the Marine Corps Archives and Special Collections OFFICIAL USMC PHOTOGRAPH