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This Saving Private Ryan movie poster is hand-signed by two distinguished veterans who assaulted the beaches of Normandy during D-Day!
Lt. Art Staymates fought on Omaha Beach and Lt. George Klein scaled the cliffs of Pointe Du Hoc with the 2nd Rangers!
Each poster comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and is signed in special archival marker.
|Poster Size: 11" x 16.5"||
All posters are sold unframed
Staymates was a 19 year old sergeant with the 1st Infantry Division, the “Big
Red One,” when he assaulted Omaha Beach on D-Day morning . . .
As enemy machine gun fire struck the front of his Higgin’s boat, Art told his squad to go over the sides. Art jumped into about ten feet of water and had to discard everything except his M1 rifle to avoid drowning. Art was among about half of his men who made it to shore where they were pinned down by the enemy fire. After the battle, Art received a battlefield commission to 1st Lieutenant.
The photo of Art at left was taken in Normandy moments after Art killed a sniper that had his platoon pinned down. During that attack, Art took the BAR from one of his soldiers, outflanked the sniper, and shot him out of a tree. Shortly after this photo was taken Art was wounded by German mortar fire.
He recovered and was back into action where he would earn the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster and five Battle Stars.
At the war’s end, Art was in charge of the cell block that held the top 12 war criminals during the Nuremburg Trials. Art recalls Goering who refused to clean his cell because it was “beneath him” though Goering relented when deprived of his meals. Art was even there the day Goering committed suicide and suspected that he hid the cyanide capsule in a notch cut into his toilet seat.
Today, Art is one of three survivors from the 42 men in his platoon who assaulted Omaha Beach and he remembers, “I can still smell D-Day. It smells like fresh blood in the water and sun…”
George Klein joined the Army at the age of 17, became an officer, and in 1943 volunteered for the elite 2nd Ranger Battalion . . .
As a new 2nd Lieutenant, George was part of F-Company when during training, he fell off a cliff and broke his ankle. As a result, he was sent to the 80th ID to recover and then overseas with the 5th ID.
In February 1944, while on leave in London, George bumped into Col. James Rudder, CO of the 2nd Rangers. George asked if Rudder remembered him, to which Rudder replied, “Yes, you’re the idiot Lt. who fell off the cliff and broke his ankle!” Rudder asked if he would like to rejoin the Rangers and George happily accepted.
On D-Day, George and his fellow 2nd Rangers scaled the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc to destroy six large gun emplacements and establish a roadblock to prevent reinforcements from reaching the beaches. Engaged in heavy combat at the top of the cliffs and beyond, George was wounded on June 7th.
He was later assigned to the 46th Field Artillery Battalion and returned to France where he fought as a Forward Air Observer until again wounded in November 1944.
George was nominated for the Silver Star, received the Bonze Star with "V" for Valor, the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal and four Battle Stars.