Print Size: 32" x 22.5"

All prints are sold unframed
Signers may differ from example

Pride of Our Nation
- The Liberation Begins -

a fine art print by

June 6, 1944, above occupied France . . . With church bells ringing, paratroopers of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions descend in and around towns such as Sainte-Mère-Église. A short time prior, these young men were students, farm hands, soda jerks, and factory workers. Now, they will fight for their lives and more—to liberate the oppressed. Soon, across the Atlantic, President Roosevelt will go on the radio and lead the country in a prayer for their safety. He will speak for every citizen and bestow a new title on the young warriors of D-Day. He will call them the “pride of our nation.”

* screen colors may vary from print colors

Only 330 prints, signed and numbered by
artist Matt Hall and 6 veterans including:

- E-Company Brecout Manor veterans
Buck Compton and Don Malarkey!

- Easy Company scout Earl "One Lung" McClung,
depicted in "
Pride of Our Nation"!
- Plus
three other distinguished veterans!

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
-
Color COA with "History Behind the Art" trivia

Prints are sold unframed

INTERNATIONAL:
$245 + $65 Priority
Mail

USA: $245 + $25 SH
CO residents add 4% sales tax

Only 490 prints, signed and numbered by
artist Matt Hall & 2 D-Day veterans:

- E-Company veteran Ed Tipper!
- D-Day C-47 pilot Fred Trenck!

ALSO INCLUDES:
COA with "History Behind the Art" story

Prints are sold unframed

INTERNATIONAL:
$145 + $65 Priority
Mail

USA: $145 + $20 SH
CO residents add 4% sales tax

SOLD OUT

Only 190 prints, signed & numbered by Matt Hall and 14 WWII paratroopers & C-47 pilots/crew.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- A piece of a real D-Day chute, recovered by historian
Paul Woodadge from a barn near Ravenoville, France!
- 82nd & 101st Airborne pins to frame with your print!
-
Color COA with "History Behind the Art" trivia

Prints are sold unframed

SOLD OUT

Only 180 prints, signed & numbered by Matt Hall and
20 paratroopers & C-47 pilots/crew.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

- A piece of a real D-Day chute, recovered by historian
Paul Woodadge from a barn near Ravenoville, France!
- 82nd & 101st Airborne pins to frame with your print!
-
Color COA with "History Behind the Art" trivia

Prints are sold unframed

SOLD OUT

Only 16 prints, signed by artist Matt Hall
and 22 WWII paratroopers & C-47 pilots/crew! Each
print includes a rare signature card, hand-signed for
Valor Studios by Dick Winters!

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- A piece of a real D-Day chute, recovered by historian
Paul Woodadge from a barn near Ravenoville, France!
- 101st Airborne pin to frame with your print!
- Replica mini-Distinguished Service Cross & Bronze Star medals, both awarded to Major Winters during WWII!
-
Color COA with "History Behind the Art" trivia

CONGRATULATIONS
TO OUR AUCTION WINNERS!

Prints are sold unframed

- Steven Adl.
- Keith Ast.
- Jared Bar.
- Eric Bje.
- Joseph Bro.
- Craig Dub.
- Mark C. Dun.
- Pete Han.

- Darren Har.
- Craig M. Kor.
- Rich Kra.
- Michael Mar.
- Larry Mil.
- Arthur Ric.
- John T. Smi.
- Josh Wic.
A Signer Proof edition exists for print signers and helpers.
44 signed giclees may be made available in the future.

With the release of "Pride of Our Nation," we have completed a mission started back in 2008 when we walked through Sainte Mere Eglise with our friend, E-Company paratrooper, Earl "One Lung" McClung. There, Earl told us about his D-Day experience, now available for you to enjoy in the video above. So many brave young men endured similiar experiences that we decided to tell Earl's story--and theirs--through fine art.

Thanks to the talent of Matt Hall, three brilliant works now tell the story of the D-Day airborne assault. “Into the Night” shows the beginning, as C-47s of the 91st Troop Carrier Squadron arrive over Ste. Mere Eglise. “Pride of Our Nation” shows the middle, as Earl and his fellow paratroopers float to earth. “Brothers in Arms” shows the end, as Earl links up with the 82nd Airborne to begin their battle to free Europe.

   
"Pride Of Our Nation" is hand-signed by a collection of veterans who fought on D-Day and in the ETO, including the Band of Brothers of the 101st Airborne, their brothers in arms in the 82nd, and the Troop Carrier pilots & crew who supported them from above. Click on the red links below to learn more about each signer.
Jack Agnew
"Filthy 13"

HQ, 506th
"Bud" Berry
Pilot, 439th TCG
The unit depicted!
"Duke" Boswell
505th PIR, Sicily, Italy, D-Day, Holland, Bulge
Donald Burgett
A-Co., 506th
Author of Currahee!

Buck Compton
E-Co., 506th

Tom Bellitto
438th Troop Carrier Group
Ed Bernat
E-Co., 506th
Bradford
Freeman

E-Co., 506th
Les Cruise
H-Co., 505th
Bill Crusan
A-Co., 506th
"Wild Bill" Guarnere
E-Co., 506th
Forrest Guth
E-Co., 506th
Babe Heffron
E-Co., 506th
Ben Kendig
D-Day C-47 pilot & 44th Squadron Co.

Bill Kirkpatrick
Bill was one of the founders of the elite C-47 Pathfinders!

Joe Lesniewski
E-Co., 506th

Clancy Lyall
E-Co., 506th

Don Malarkey
E-Co., 506th

Earl McClung
E-Co., 506th
Bob Noody
F-Co., 506th
Ed Mauser
E-Co., 506th
Frank Perconte
E-Co., 506th
Phi Perigini
E-Co., 506th
Shifty Powers
E-Co., 506th
Rod Strohl
E-Co., 506th
Ed Tipper
E-Co., 506th
Fred Trenck
Pilot, 441st TCG
Louis Venditti
HQ, 506th
Silver Star
Artist Matt Hall
MATT HALL

Now acknowledged as the rising talent in military art, Matt Hall worked for years under master visionary, Steven Spielberg, at Spielberg’s DreamWorks company! These days, however, Matt no longer paints to serve the icons of Hollywood—he paints to pay tribute to America’s military heroes.

Matt’s artistic training began as a boy in Missouri, when he met an old-time western artist named Bob Tommy, who just moved from Texas. Tommy encouraged Matt to try his hand at painting. When Tommy saw Matt’s “natural talent,” he became Matt’s mentor and taught him the technique he had amassed in his lifetime of work.

In college, Matt studied painting. After graduation, he broadened his skills, painting everything from greeting cards to animation backgrounds. His career changed forever when Spielberg’s DreamWorks company found and hired him. Matt brought and his new bride, Michele, a Texas small-town girl, with him to Hollywood.

At DreamWorks, Matt rose through the ranks, painting concept art. When Steven Spielberg had an idea brewing about the Battle for Iwo Jima,

Matt Hall was requested to do a painting for President George W. Bush, showing the F-102s of the Texas ANG.

Matt painted an “epic concept” for him that Spielberg used to pitch the film, Flags of Our Fathers. Soon, Matt was named Franchise Art Director for DreamWorks’ Medal of Honor video games series, one credited with generating interest in WWII history among young people.

Matt grew as an artist through Spielberg’s critiques. “I learned from Steven Spielberg the value of listening to my ‘creative instincts’” Matt explained. “A lot of times, marketing dictates if an idea will be well-received, but Spielberg would often fly against the grain, if he believed in an idea. There was a time when the marketing guys said ‘WWII is done and dead,” but Spielberg followed his instincts and passion and made Saving Private Ryan.”

There, Matt discovered that he, too, possessed a passion to tell the stories of America’s war heroes when DreamWorks had him create paintings for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Working from just a citation and a portrait of a long-deceased MOH recipient, Matt brought their stories back to life. There, he discovered his calling.

Then, in summer 2008, Matt underwent brain surgery to remove a growth behind his eye. “It was a wake-up call,” Matt explained. “It got me thinking, ‘What kind of legacy will my art leave? Will it tell a story of something important? Will it be something people will appreciate 50 or 100 years from now? It was tough to look in mirror and say ‘maybe not’ since the art I was doing would be locked away in a vault once it served its purpose.”

After Matt’s surgery, Valor Studios, a prominent publisher of military art came to Matt with an offer to publish him. Valor Studios had seen Matt’s work for DreamWorks and asked if he wanted to paint full time to honor the heroes of military past and present? Matt heartily agreed. “It was an epiphany on a lot of levels,“ he explained, “Spiritually, artistically, and career-wise. Like that leap of faith when I went to paint for Hollywood, I’ve now decided to follow my passion and paint the stories of men and women whose legacies need to be preserved.”
Matt as he signs "Pride of Our Nation" prints.
Valor Studios & Matt Hall wish to thank the following for their assistance with this project:
Michel Dehaye, James Fenelon, Joe Muccia, Rich Riley, D-Day Historian Paul Woodadge, & the veterans who made this print possible.