It was a Veterans Day dedication for a monument to World War II Navy vets from South Carolina Tuesday. The statute was unveiled at Memorial Park in Columbia.
Chairman of the South Carolina Memorial Park Commission, Bud Ferillo said the statue depicts a typical World War II seaman and is dedicated to the men and women of South Carolina who served during the war.
“It’s a determination to see to it that the best of South Carolinians are not forgotten.” Ferillo said
Ferillo said the cost of the monument was paid for solely by Columbia native and World War II Navy veteran Henry Crede.
“(It) was to recognize himself not in any way, but only those from his home state with whom he had served his country in its time of maximum peril in the United States Navy.” Frillo said of Crede at the dedication Tuesday.
Henry Crede is 91 and was born and raised in Columbia. He enlisted in the navy at the outbreak of the war. Since getting out the navy in 1945 Crede has lived in Boston and was not able to attend, but he was represented at the ceremony by members of his family.
His 30-year-old grandson Jason Crede spoke on his behalf at the dedication. “A couple years ago he told me before he died he wanted to have a bronze made of a sailor and have it stand in South Carolina.” Crede said of his grandfather at the ceremony Tuesday.
The sculpture was created by South Carolina artist Maria Kirby-Smith of Camden.