Collectible framed Photos of legendary American maneuvers... personally autographed by the famed soldiers who played key roles! Rare and valuable records of some of the most profound moments of World War II. Each comes with a certificate of authenticity, and is backed with a complete story of the events and the signer's unique place in history. Each high-quality print is 9 x 11 x 1" in its simple, black, plastic frame.
Band of Brothers: autographed by Sgt. "Wild Bill" Guarnere, of the legendary 101st Airborne Division "Band of Brothers"... he's portrayed in the HBO series of that name. On the night of June 5, 1944, "Wild Bill" and his comrades were dropped behind Utah Beach to begin the invasion of Normandy... D-Day. On June 6th Guarnere and about a dozen others knocked out a German 105 mm artillery battery that was devastating American landing troops. For this, he was awarded the Silver Star. This paratrooping image was taken on September 17, 1944 as the "Band of Brothers" jumped into Holland as part of Operation Market Garden. Sgt. Guarnere's prestigious military career ended heroically just a few months later when he was seriously wounded while rescuing another soldier from German fire.
Iwo Jima: autographed by Cpl. Charles W. Lindberg, a member of the first combat patrol to raise the American flag on the peak of Mt. Suribachi, symbolizing the successful taking of Iwo Jima. You've seen the immortal image of the second flag raising... this is of the first, under enemy fire. In fact, the camera that took this image was effectively destroyed just seconds later when the photographer leaped to dodge an enemy grenade! This moment was unfortunately not the actual end of the struggle, though... ultimately 6,821 American troops lost their lives at Iwo Jima. Corporal Lindberg himself was wounded there a week later during courageous assaults on a Japanese pillbox and a fortified cave. For his bravery, he received the Purple Heart and a Silver Star. By the way, Charles W. Lindberg is not the famed flyer Lindbergh... but a fellow hero!
Flying Tigers: autographed by Brigadier Gen. David Lee "Tex" Hill, this is the only known color image of the American Volunteer Group Flying Tigers on a combat mission. (Other color photos do exist of non-comabt flights.) It was taken May 28th, 1942 during a combat mission along the Burma-China border. "Tex" Hill reached "ace" status with the Flying Tigers and was eventually credited with 18 1/4 confirmed aerial victories, probably achieving more than 20. "Tex" eventually became commander of the very first Air Force jet fighter group. His military decorations include 4 Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Silver Star, Legion of Merit and many more, from the U.S. and other nations. His civilian and "hall of fame" honors are too numerous to mention.
The Great Raid: autographed by PFC Lee Provencher, an Army Ranger, one of the first men through the POW camp gate near Cabanatuan, in the Philippines. This bold assault on the hellish prison that held survivors of The Bataan Death March ("ghosts of Bataan", they called themselves)... is considered one of the most skillfully executed maneuvers ever, earning the name "The Great Raid". These were the original "special forces" soldiers, operating behind enemy lines. To get to the prison, the select group of 121 men successfully slipped past nearly 9,000 battle-hardened Japanese troops gathering in the area. On January 30th, 1945 PFC Provencher was in the forefront of the raid, clearing the enemy officers' quarters with his Browning Automatic Rifle and liberating the first of the POWs. He, along with his comrades of Company C, received Presidential citations from both the U.S. and the Philippines for this incredibly courageous and noble action.
The Dirty Dozen: autographed by Private James E. (Jake) McNiece, a half-Indian from Oklahoma, considered to be the heart and soul of "The Dirty Dozen", the legendary sub-unit of the famed "Screaming Eagles", the 101st Airborne paratroopers. McNiece was always fiercely brave, always in the forefront of fights behind enemy lines. The toughest of the tough, decorated with Bronze Stars for D-Day, Normandy and more, the Presidential Unit Citation, France's Croix de Guerre with Palm... yet he never even made the rank of PFC.
Iwo Jima, the Bataan Death March, the Flying Tigers, Utah Beach... the names live on in the annuls of history, and this is your chance to own a personal momento of those amazing times.
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