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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ARTIST PROOF - Resale, in mint condition!
Sold out years ago, this extremely rare Artist Proof print is from an edition of 190 limited-edition prints, signed by artist Matt Hall and 14 D-Day veterans: Band of Brothers paratroopers Shifty Powers, Buck Compton, Don Malarkey, Bill Guarnere, Earl McClung (depicted), Clancy Lyall, Ed Mauser, Brad Freeman and Ed Tipper. 101st Silver Star recipient Chris McEwan. 101st trooper Bob Noody. 82nd four jump paratrooper Duke Boswell. D-Day C-47 pilots Bud Berry (Bud's squadron dropped E-Co.) and Fred Trenck. Includes a .30 caliber casing and piece of parachute recovered in Normandy, relic from the C-47 "Night Fright" that flew on D-Day, two D-Day photos and a COA with "History Behind the Art."
330 limited-edition prints, signed by Matt Hall and 6 D-Day veterans: Heroes of Brecourt Manor - Buck Compton and Don Malarkey, E-Co. paratroopers Earl McClung (depicted), Brad Freeman and Ed Tipper, and four jump 82nd paratrooper Duke Boswell! 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 2 D-Day veterans: Easy Company paratrooper Ed Tipper (heavily wounded at Carentan) and C-47 pilot Fred Trenck (441st TCG). Includes COA with "History Behind the Art."
PUBLISHER PROOFS - Sold Out
180 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.