Pride of Our Nation by Matt Hall
June 6, 1944, above occupied France . . . With church bells ringing, paratroopers of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions descend in and around towns such as Sainte-Mère-Église. A short time prior, these young men were students, farm hands, soda jerks, and factory workers. Now, they will fight for their lives and more—to liberate the oppressed. Soon, across the Atlantic, President Roosevelt will go on the radio and lead the country in a prayer for their safety. He will speak for every citizen and bestow a new title on the young warriors of D-Day. He will call them the “pride of our nation.”
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PUBLISHER PROOF - Resale, in mint-condition!
Sold-out nearly a decade ago, this highly coveted Publisher Proof is from an edition of 180 limited-edition prints autographed by artist Matt Hall and 21 veterans: Band of Brothers paratroopers Shifty Powers, "Wild Bill" Guarnere, Don Malarkey, Buck Compton, Frank Perconte, Earl McClung (depicted in the scene), Ed Pepping, Forrest Guth, Ed Tipper, Babe Heffron, Brad Freeman, Joe Lesniewski, Clancy Lyall, Ed Mauser, and Ed Bernat. Four jump 82nd Airborne heroes Les Cruise and Duke Boswell. Screaming Eagle hero Bob Noody. D-Day Troop Carrier pilots Ben Kendig (later dropped Gen. Gavin), Bill Kirkpatrick (Pathfinder), and Fred Trenck. While the print is sold unframed/unmatted, it includes a parachute buckle worn by a 101st paratrooper during a WWII combat jump, a piece of a parachute from D-Day, two photos relating to the drop, 101st & 506th patches, and a Certificate of Authenticity with "History Behind the Art." A payment plan is available upon request. Signature pattern may vary slightly from example above.
330 limited-edition prints, signed by Matt Hall and 9 WWII veterans: Band of Brothers paratroopers Buck Compton, Don Malarkey, "Wild Bill" Guarnere, Earl McClung (depicted), Babe Heffron, Ed Tipper, and Brad Freeman! Four-jump 82nd paratrooper Duke Boswell and D-Day C-47 pilot Fred Trenck. Includes a .30 caliber casing recovered in Normandy, D-Day suit-up photos, 101st & 82nd pins and a COA with "History Behind the Art."
490 limited-edition prints, signed by Matt Hall and 3 D-Day veterans: Easy Company paratrooper Ed Tipper (heavily wounded at Carentan), 82nd Airborne four jump paratrooper Duke Boswell, and C-47 pilot Fred Trenck (441st TCG). Includes COA with "History Behind the Art."
ARTIST PROOFS - Sold Out
190 limited-edition prints
EAGLE PROOFS - Sold Out
16 limited-edition prints
A Valor Studios giclee edition may be released. A Signer Proof edition exists, not-for-sale.
"Pride of Our Nation" is hand-signed by a collection of WWII heroes! Signers vary print by print. Please click "editions" to see which veterans signed which prints.
Jack Agnew - "Filthy 13" HQ, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Tom Bellitto - crew chief, 438th Troop Carrier Group
Ed Bernat - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
"Bud" Berry - pilot, 439th TCG (the group depicted)
"Duke" Boswell - 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne, all four WWII jumps!
Donald Burgett, A-Co., 506th PIR, 101st Abn., author of Currahee!
Buck Compton- Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Les Cruise - H-Co., 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne
Bill Crusan - A-Co., 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Brad Freeman - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
"Wild Bill" Guarnere - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Forrest Guth - E-Co., 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Babe Heffron, E-Co., 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Ben Kendig - C-47 pilot & 44th Squadron Co.
Bill Kirkpatrick - C-47 pilot & a founder of the elite Pathfinders!
Joe Lesniewski - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Clancy Lyall - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Don Malarkey - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Ed Mauser - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Earl McClung - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Chris McEwan - Able Company, 501st PIR, 101st Abn., Silver Star
Bob Noody - Fox Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Frank Perconte - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Phil Perugini - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Shifty Powers - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Rod Strohl - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Ed Tipper - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Fred Trenck - C-47 pilot on D-Day, 441st TCG
Louis Venditti - HQ, 506th PIR, 101st Abn., Silver Star
With the release of "Pride of Our Nation," we have completed a mission started back in 2008 when we walked through Sainte Mere Eglise with our friend, E-Company paratrooper, Earl "One Lung" McClung. There, Earl told us about his D-Day experience, now available for you to enjoy in the video below.