This commemorative print was created for the Marines and sailors of the ever-deploying MEUs, with the artwork of acclaimed naval artist George E. Bieda. It depicts the three amphibs that will carry the MEU into harm's way, along with the other 4 ships in the Expeditionary Strike Group. Also included are the unit crests for the MEU command element, Ground Combat Element, Air Combat Element, and the MEU Service Support Group. Each ship is incredibly detailed, including embarked aircraft parked out on the flight deck. This will be a terrific keepsake that's bound to stir a sea story or two in the years to come.
Click on either thumbnail for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here. Above left is the WASP ESG, with 22d MEU embarked. On the right is the Belleau Wood ESG, with 11th MEU embarked. If you are from another MEU, and would like us to put together a similar print, send us a quick Feedback Form with the pertinent information, and we'll see what we can do!
The battle of Iwo Jima proved to be the Marines toughest battle of the Pacific War. From what was predicted to be a 10-day battle, the Marines ran into the Japanese troops of General Tadamichi Kuribayashi's 106th Division. In what turned out to be a 36-day battle, the Marines lost over 6,000 men and the Japanese Garrison was virtually wiped out. No other image of World War II has captured the spirit of the US Marines in that conflict as that of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945.
Quoting the words of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz "Among the Americans who served on Iwo Jima, Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue". The Medal of Honor, The United States' highest military decoration, was awarded to 27 combatants at Iwo Jima--22 US Marines, 4 Navy Corpsmen and 1 Navy officer, 13 of which were awarded posthumously. A testament of the ferocity of the Battle for Iwo Jima can be gauged from the fact that of all of the medals awarded to US Marines in WW II, fully one third of them were awarded at Iwo Jima.
Click on the thumbnail to see a larger view. Then click your browser's BACK button to return here. This print is signed by two Marines who were awarded the Medal Of Honor for their valorous actions during the battle for Iwo Jima (Jack Lucas and Herschel Williiams), and the artist, Roy Grinnell.
Please note that supply is getting very limited on these prints! There are only 5 more available!
Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington is perhaps one of the best-known American aviators to have fought in WW II. Flamboyant and controversial, he won his fame as the leader of VMF-214, the USMC's "Black Sheep" Squadron. For his bravery and devotion to duty, Major Boyington was a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The artist, Michael Wooten, had this edition of 1,000 prints individually signed by Maj. "Pappy" Boyington! There are at this time only a few of the prints from this edition remaining for sale. The edition went on the market in 1987. Most of the remaining few have crimps on the borders from damage in shipment. We have priced them with this in mind. These crimps will not show when the print is matted and framed, but keep in mind that they are there.
Sorry, Folks, as of 15 JUN 2009, this print is Sold Out !!!
With 93 confirmed kills to his credit, Carlos Hathcock was the foremost U.S. Marine Corps sniper in Vietnam. To show contempt for the enemy, he placed a white feather in his utility cover while stalking his adversaries. The Viet Cong and N.V.A. called him "White Feather", and a bounty equivalent to a year's salary was placed on his head. This limited edition of 1,000 prints have been signed by the artist and Carlos Hathcock, who passed away in 1999. Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity and a history sheet.
Regarding the artwork of Colonel Charles Waterhouse
OK, it's a long story, but the crux of it is this:
The whole collection of Waterhouse originals is now owned by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation (which we knew was going to happen). Most of the works are in storage, and won't be on display till 2017. The MCHF inked a deal with Rudinec and Associates to make some of the Waterhouse prints available, but these are giclees (print on demand prints), not the lithos that were produced by Col. Waterhouse. No one seems to know where these are! We used to get them directly from the Col. Waterhouse Museum, but unfortunately, we've lost contact with these folks over the past 6 months. We will be trying them again, as we would really like to have access to these prints.
For now, the best we can offer is for you to contact Rudinec and Associates atwww.requestaprint.net and request the print you are after. There are only a few available now, but hopefully will expand their offerings in the future. If we have any success tracking down the original lithos, we will post the news here and on our facebook page (USMilitaryArt).
Thanks for your interest in Col. Waterhouse's work. We will keep the images of the Colonel's work here on our site for your continued viewing and enjoyment.
Farewell to Iwo Jima
Click on the thumbnail to see a larger view. Then click your browser's BACK button to return here. A moving historical print by Col. Charles Waterhouse. The familiar shape of Mount Suribachi rises in the background as this young Marine says his good-byes.
This is a graphic depiction by Col. Charles Waterhouse of the Second Marine Division storming the sea wall at Tarawa atoll on Nov. 20, 1943. Click on the thumbnail to see a larger view. Then click your browser's BACK button to return here. This is an offset lithograph on neutral pH paper using high quality, fade resistant inks.
M-60 in 'Nam
The M-60 machine gun. The focal point of any assault. The steel wall of any defensive position. Utilized by Marines with deadly effectiveness for thirty years. Acclaimed USMC artist Col. Charles Waterhouse depicts a "sixty gunner" in Vietnam, using his lethal weapon to clear the fog of war.
Desert Storm - Spirit of Our Ancestors
This thrilling print by Col. Charles Waterhouse ties in the tradition and brotherhood of America's beloved Marines. From Desert Storm all the way back to the Colonial Marines of old, every Marine is the embodiment of those that came before. Those who fought and died. Those who sacrificed, so our colors would always fly in the face of tyranny and oppression.
The siege at Khe Sanh was one of the most harrowing and yet proudest moments in the Corps' vaunted history. No matter what the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) threw at them, the Marines of the 26th Regiment, dug in and besieged, would not yield during the 77 day enemy offensive. In the end, the NVA withdrew, with the unspoken admission that these Marines could not be overrun.
BAR on the Beach - Iwo Jima
The Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) was a favorite among Marines. Like the M-14 that would come after it, Marines were reluctant to give up such a fine weapon in favor of newer, lighter, ones. This action sequence by Col. Charles Waterhouse depicts a BAR gunner storming ashore on Iwo.
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