A POWERFUL PIECE COMMEMORATING THE U.S. ARMED FORCES IN WORLD WAR II
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
The print is individually numbered and signed by the artist along with the following TWENTY FOUR veterans who served America in World War II and between them were recipients of the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross or the Navy Cross. Each print is accompanied by a booklet detailing the service of these highly-decorated men and a certificate of authenticity.
Captain LEWIS L. MILLETT MOH
Colonel GLENN J. DOMAN DSC
Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class ELEUTERIO JOE MARQUES NC
Lieutenant PATRICK H. McGANN NC
Lieutenant ALBERT T WALRAVEN Jr. DSC
Staff Sergeant RAYMOND M. KIRKLAND DSC
Major SID GOLDSTEIN DSC
Second Lieutenant JAMES D. DOUGHTIE NC
Lieutenant Junior Grade JACK C. COCHRAN NC
Major FLOYD M. PAXTON DSC
First Lieutenant JAMES S. GARBERG DSC
Captain ERIC C. ANDERSON DSC
Major RONALD D. HUBBARD
Major ABE J. BAUM DSC
Lieutenant CHESTER MARTIN LOCKE NC
Turret Captain First Class PAUL P. MARTINEK NC
Captain ROBERT W. SMITH DSC
Corporal ALBERT P. DESHAYES DSC
First Lieutenant JAMES B. MOREHEAD DSC
First Lieutenant GERVASE A. ECKENROD DSC
Sergeant CHARLES J. MONGES NC
Captain RAYMOND C. HUNT Jr. DSC
Private First Class LLOYD V. CAMP DSC
Lieutenant Colonel CHARLES S. HUDSON DSC
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