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Off to the Chosin
- Help is on the Way -

a fine art print by

The morning of December 3, 1950, off the North Korean coast . . . with 150,000 horsepower churning, the USS Leyte steams into the wind as a Corsair piloted by Lt. Tom Hudner leaps from the deck, bound for the most dire battle of the Korean War.

An hour’s flight away, the Marines and their Army brethren are surrounded at the Chosin Reservoir, outnumbered ten to one by Chinese Communist troops. But help is on the way.

Fueled by urgency, the Leyte and the 7th Fleet steer toward the coast. After the Corsairs launch, AD Skyraiders will follow, and soon all twenty-four planes will deliver the air strikes that will turn the tide. Now, with sailors watching in silent support, the air tingles with hope and the roar of propellers—Another one is off!

Only 180 prints, each numbered and signed by artist
Nick Trudgian and the following VF-32 Corsair pilots:

- Medal of Honor recipient Tom Hudner, Jr.
(depicted in "Off to the Chosin")

- Marty Goode, featured in Devotion

- Bill "Wilkie" Wilkinson, featured in Devotion

- Herb Sargent, featured in Devotion


- The companion print, Thank God For Air,
by Nicholas Trudgian!

Color COA with "History Behind the Art" story

All prints are sold unframed

Items not to scale

Only 200 prints, each numbered and signed by artist
Nick Trudgian and the following VF-32 Corsair pilots:

- Bill "Wilkie" Wilkinson, featured in Devotion

- Herb Sargent, featured in Devotion

COA with "History Behind the Art" story

All prints are sold unframed


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Only 160 prints
, each numbered and signed by artist
Nick Trudgian and six Korean War veterans:

- Medal of Honor recipient Tom Hudner, Jr.
(depicted in "Off to the Chosin")

- Marty Goode, Corsair pilot featured in Devotion

- Bill "Wilkie" Wilkinson, Corsair pilot featured in Devotion

- Herb Sargent, Corsair pilot featured in Devotion

- Plus two Korean War veterans (to be announced)!


- The companion print, Thank God For Air, signed by Chosin Marine John "Red" Parkinson, featured in Devotion!

Color COA with "History Behind the Art" story

All prints are sold unframed

Items not to scale
An Artist Reserve edition of 30 prints bearing two signatures and 30 canvas giclees will be for sale via the artist.
A Signer Proof edition of 50 prints exists for print signers. A signed Victory Edition of 390 prints may be released in the future.
A Valor Studios giclee edition may also be released in the future.

and ship’s logs, we even enlisted the help of a modern-day Corsair pilot, Rob Collings of the Collings Foundation, who provided our aerial insights. Nick then set to canvas and half a year later emerged with a masterpiece of detail.

We see Tom’s Corsair cruising beneath the weight of its drop tank, its 5 inch rockets, and napalm. Alongside the Leyte steams the destroyer, USS Theodore E. Chandler,

Nick Trudgian’s “Off to the Chosin” takes us to a place and time that no photo can capture: mere feet from the wing of LtJG Tom Hudner on December 3, 1950, as he launches on the epic relief mission to the Chosin Reservoir.

The task of recreating this moment would pose concern for any artist. Valor Studios needed someone who could capture a marriage of man, machinery, and environment. We yearned

to see the tenuous leap of a Corsair from the pitching deck, the juggernaut power of a carrier parting the waves, a thousand ribbons of sea, a winter dawn stretching the sky, it would require thousands upon thousands of perfectly placed brushstrokes. It was a mission for one of the world’s best: artist Nicholas Trudgian.

The research was exhausting. Together, we combed through countless period photos, vintage squadron reports,

and the battleship USS Missouri. From the carrier’s island flies a diamond-shaped “Fox Flag,” a sign that flight operations are underway and we watch “Fly One,” the deck boss, stepping forward to launch the next Corsair in line.

What results is an image with the power to carry the viewer back to that stirring day in December 1950. If you feel a chill in the air, or smell the sea or feel your heartbeat begin racing, don’t be surprised. This is more than art.


A brilliant collection of rare signatures from the heroes whose
stories fill the pages of the new Adam Makos book, Devotion!

A graduate of the Naval Academy, Tom flew combat missions with VF-32 in the fall of 1950. Despite being previously warned to avoid any “Hollywood rescue heroics,” Tom crash-landed his F4U to try to save his wingman, Jesse Brown, just one day after the moment shown in "Off to the Chosin." For his actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1951. In 2013, Tom returned to North Korea on a mission to find Jesse's remains. While he was unable to visit the Chosin Reservoir area, his visit impressed Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un who ordered his military to "find Jesse Brown."
Marty enlisted in the Navy in December 1945 and became an aviator in October 1949. He joined VF-32 and was deployed to Korea with the squadron aboard the USS Leyte. On December 3, 1950, Marty helped locate the Chosin Reservoir, during a snowstorm, an action that allowed the Leyte's aircraft to provide support for the Marines below. Throughout December, Marty would fly many Close Air Support missions to help the Marines. Following Korea, Marty remained in the Navy and became a helicopter pilot, eventually testing helicopters at Sikorsky.
Bill "Wilkie" Wilkinson left Yale to become a Naval aviator, a job he dreamed of as a kid. He was assigned to VF-32 just days prior to the Korea deployment. Bill piloted many combat missions with VF-32, even flying as wingman to Ensign Jesse Brown for a strike on the Yalu bridges. On December 3, 1950, Bill flew a close air support mission to help the Marines at Hagaru. After Korea, Bill transitioned to the Naval Reserves and became an American Airlines captain. He retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander.
During his Navy pilot training, Herb Sargent befriended another fellow midshipman - Jesse L. Brown. In 1950, Herb would find himself part of VF-32 where he would fly with Jesse, Tom, Wilkie, and Marty off the USS Leyte. Herb piloted many combat missions over Korea, from strikes on the Yalu bridges to supporting the Marines trapped at the Chosin. It was during one of these missions that Herb flew over the crash site of Tom & Jesse to verify that Jesse's body was still in his plane. To Herb, this was the "sadest mission" he ever flew. After Korea, Herb remained in the Navy and retired as a Commander.
Signer on the Publisher Proof's companion print: "Thank God for Air"
John "Red" Parkinson joined the Marines at age 19 to "see the world." He was one of the Fleet Marines deployed to the Mediterranean when the Korean War broke out. Red's unit became part of the legendary 1st Marine Division and fought from the liberation of Seoul through the Chosin Reservoir battle where Red witnessed the pilots of VF-32 in action. For his heroics in the Korean War, Red would receive the Silver Star and Purple Heart.
Artist Nick Trudgian

Nicolas Trudgian was born and raised in Plymouth, England. His father and uncle both served in the RAF during World War II and so his childhood was filled with stories about the air war in Britain, North Africa and the far east.

Nick began showing a real talent for art at an early age and his surroundings gave him the perfect inspiration to fill sketchbooks with drawings of aircraft, ships and also trains. His family encouraged him but were concerned about Nick's growing desire of turning this hobby into a full time career, a notoriously risky occupation. But Nick was determined and occupied every spare hour with painting and drawing.

Five years at art college further equipped him with the skills necessary to paint technical subjects with authority. Soon the commissions came flooding in, mostly illustrations for companies such as Rolls Royce, Ford, General Motors and British Aerospace, air lines and oil companies.

His agents tended to find him work that involved transport, mechanical and military subjects especially where landscapes and lighting could be used to create spectacular backdrops, something that has become a virtual trademark of his art.

It was this aspect that no doubt attracted his first aviation art publisher who asked Nick to paint aircraft pictures for him in oils. It was an instant success and so Nick gave up the commercial illustration work to paint instead pictures for aviation art prints. In the past 20 years Nick has had published more than 150 full size color prints and countless pencil and smaller prints.

Nick as he signs "Off to the Chosin."

His work is collected worldwide and especially in the United States where he has attended numerous art shows and gained many friends. His work has been exhibited, amonst other places, in the Smithsonian, the Pentagon and Britain's Imperial War Museum.

He lives with his wife Ruth in the Cotswold hills in Gloucestershire, England, very fittingly in the corner of what was once a Battle of Britain airfield. The site has long since returned to agriculture. Open fields provide a far-reaching view from his studio window but Nick says that if you know where to look the tell tail evidence of the war is still all around and it's easy to imagine Spitfires roaring overhead. ''It's a perfect place to recreate scenes from the past as a reminder of the sacrifices made by our parents generation.''