As the famed patriotic lyric said, God had indeed “Shed His Grace” on this nation. Tyranny had been overthrown, but not without great sacrifice and great cost. As many war-weary troops returned home into New York harbor, the Statue of Liberty herself seemed to join in with the crowds at her base welcoming them home, proclaiming “welcome home—well done!” Overhead, aircraft proudly representing the WWII branches of service roar overhead in salute…An F6F Hellcat for the Navy, P-38 Lightning for the Army Air Forces, and F4U Corsair for the Marine Corps.
The painting God Shed His Grace On Thee, painted in 1994, was Liberty Studios’ first published title by John Shaw. Inspired by film footage depicting this scenario in the last installment of the classic documentary television series Victory at Sea, the painting was created as a partial benefit for the Legion of Valor, an organization comprised of veterans who were recipients of the highest U.S. military decorations, the Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross and Navy Cross. In the spring of 1994, a lithograph edition was signed at the Legion of Valor Museum in Fresno, California, by an impressive group of these veterans, representing a wide variety of experiences and all branches of service in World War II.
THE MAIN EDITION
Each print bears a combination of twenty five of the following veterans who served America in World War II. Each print will be accompanied by a booklet detailing the service of these highly-decorated men and a certificate of authenticity.
Captain ERIC C. ANDERSON
Major ABE J. BAUM
Private First Class LLOYD V. CAMP
Lieutenant Junior Grade JACK C. COCHRAN
Corporal ALBERT P. DESHAYES
Colonel GLENN J. DOMAN
Second Lieutenant JAMES D. DOUGHTIE
First Lieutenant GERVASE A. ECKENROD
First Lieutenant JAMES S. GARBERG
Major SID GOLDSTEIN
First Lieutenant JOHN K. HARBERT
Major RONALD D. HUBBARD
Lieutenant Colonel CHARLES S. HUDSON
Captain RAYMOND C. HUNT Jr.
Captain VERNON C. JORDAN
Staff Sergeant RAYMOND M. KIRKLAND
Lieutenant CHESTER MARTIN LOCKE
Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class ELEUTERIO JOE MARQUES
Turret Captain First Class PAUL P. MARTINEK
Lieutenant PATRICK H. McGANN
Captain LEWIS L. MILLETT (Medal of Honor)
Sergeant CHARLES J. MONGES
First Lieutenant JAMES B. MOREHEAD
Major FLOYD M. PAXTON
Captain ROBERT W. SMITH
Commander CHARLES R. STEPHAN
Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class EARL L. STOUT Jr.
THE GENERAL’S EDITION
Each General’s Edition print has 25 of the above signatures plus 2 General’s signatures
General BARRY R. McCAFFREY
General JAMES E. LIVINGSTON (Medal of Honor)
THE ARTIST PROOF
Each Artist Proof has all 29 of the above signatures