Impact Signs made this bronze plaque to honor a Navy veteran.
This plaque made by Illinois' Impact Signs is at a naval station in Guam.

Featured Project: Remembering a Naval Hero in Bronze

LaGrange, Illinois-based Impact Signs was launched in 1989 and has made their mark on the sign world since then, with their work displayed in some 40 U.S. states and, in this case, the U.S. territory of Guam.

Impact Signs was commissioned to create this bronze military bas relief plaque to honor Navy veteran, Vice Admiral Albert H. Konetzni Jr. Konetzni Hall—previously known as the Submarine Squadron 15 headquarters—was dedicated on April 19, 2019 in Apra Harbor, Guam.

On its blog, Impact Signs notes the plaque’s message:

“Highly regarded for his extraordinary character and integrity, VADM Konetzni’s career was marked by enormous contributions to our nation. A career submariner, his unique vision and leadership strengthened U.S. global maritime presence by orchestrating the return of forward deployed submarine forces to Guam. Affectionately known by those with whom he served as “Big Al, the sailor’s pal,” his deep regard and resolute commitment to people who make up the United States submarine force embodied the core value of the United States Navy.”

Impact Signs says creating the piece combined age-old casting techniques with state-of-the-art technology.

“(It) was created by our in-house sculptor with the help of a photograph. Crafting exacting details, the mold first captured the very essence of VADM Konetzni, down to subtle expressions.

“Molten bronze was then poured to create the bas relief, followed by hand-buffing and an oxide finish that captures details and shadows. Mechanical assembly is utilized to assemble the final piece.”

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