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The Tailhook Educational Foundation

2017 Scholarships

Rebecca Mays

Rebecca Mays

R.G. SMITH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Family and friends of R.G. Smith

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Rebecca Mays

Annandale, Virginia

Scholarship Description

Robert Grant Smith's aviation paintings and prints can be found in museums, and private collections, in the wardrooms of naval vessels, on the walls of the Pentagon and countless military installations, and in congressional and corporate offices. A selection of his paintings is on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. His powerful depictions of the extraordinary American victory in the great naval battle at Midway 4 - 6 June 1942 have helped to raise public awareness and appreciation of the battle that turned the tide against Japan in the Pacific War. His Midway paintings have also helped to fill an historical void caused by the absence of any photographic record of the critical minutes when the tide of the battle finally turned in America's favor.