Print Size: 32" x 22.5"

All prints are sold unframed

For God and Country
- A D-Day Prayer -
a fine art print by
June 5, 1944, Upottery Airfield, England . . . as the sun sets, the 101st Airborne paratroopers of Easy Company’s Stick 70 receive a blessing from their beloved regimental chaplain, Captain John Maloney. On this, the “Night of Nights,” the paratroopers and the aircrew who will carry them into action will begin a new battle in France for the salvation of the free world. When the blessing concludes the men will don their parachutes to go serve God and country.
* screen colors may vary from print colors

Only 160 prints, signed and numbered by artist
Gil Cohen and 8 D-Day veterans. Now issuing:

- Stick 70 veterans Buck Compton and Brad Freeman
(both depicted in "For God and Country"!)
- D-Day C-47 pilots Gerald "Bud" Berry
(Bud's squadron is depicted) and Fred Trenck!
- E-Co. sharpshooter Earl "One Lung" McClung!
- Bob Noody of F-Company (check out the world famous D-Day photo of Bob, shown below)!
- Plus two other distinguished D-Day veterans listed below!

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

All prints are sold unframed

INTERNATIONAL
$295 + $65 priority airmail

USA: $295 + $25 SH
CO residents add 4% sales tax

Only 180 prints, signed and numbered by
artist Gil Cohen and 2 D-Day veterans. Now issuing:

- Easy Company sharpshooter Earl McClung
- Easy Company bazooka man Ed Tipper

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

All prints are sold unframed

INTERNATIONAL
$195 + $55 priority airmail

USA: $195 + $20 SH
CO residents add 4% sales tax

SOLD OUT!

Only 150 prints, signed and numbered by
artist Gil Cohen and 12 or 14 D-Day veterans.

ALSO 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!

- Color COA with "History Behind the Art" trivia

All prints are sold unframed

SOLD OUT!

Only 125 prints, signed and numbered by
artist Gil Cohen & 17 D-Day veterans.

ALSO INCLUDES:
- A piece of a real D-Day chute, recovered by historian
Paul Woodadge from a barn near Ravenoville, France!
- Signed Don Malarkey & Earl McClung photo taken at Upottery Airfield, the same airfield depicted in "For God and Country"!
- 101st Airborne pin to frame with your print!

- Color COA with "History Behind the Art" trivia

All prints are sold unframed

A Signer Proof edition, bearing assorted signatures, exists for print signers and helpers.
A signed canvas giclee edition will be made available in the future.
   
A brilliant combination of rare D-Day veteran signers featuring…

The men of the 101st Airborne: Including several veterans of Stick 70,
shown in For God and Country!
The boys in the air: Including D-Day pilots who dropped the 101st
and provided support in the days that followed!
FIRST TIME SIGNERS!
Bill Crusan
A-Co., 506th
Donald Burgett
A-Co., 506th
Author of Currahee!
George Lichter
D-Day P-47 pilot
361st FG
2 Victories
Louis Venditti
HQ, 506th
Silver Star
Ed Bernat
E-Co., 506th
Bradford
Freeman
E-Co., 506th
"Wild Bill" Guarnere
E-Co., 506th
Silver Star
Ben Kendig
Pilot, 316th TCG
Clancy Lyall
E-Co., 506th
"Bud" Berry
Pilot, 439th TCG
The unit depicted!

Buck Compton
E-Co., 506th
Silver Star

Chris McEwan
501st PIR,
2 Silver Stars!
Don Malarkey
E-Co., 506th
Earl McClung
E-Co., 506th
Bob Noody
F-Co., 506th
Phil Perugini
E-Co., 506th
Shifty Powers
E-Co., 506th
Rod Strohl
E-Co., 506th
Ed Tipper
E-Co., 506th
Fred Trenck
Pilot, 441st TCG

7. "Wild Bill" Guarnere would remember the atmosphere on the eve of D-Day: "Everybody had lots of nervious energy . . . we were exhausted, too, from all the tension and not sleeping . . . when it was time to board the planes, that's when everyone got real serious."

8. Known as a Griswold Bag, this padded bag was meant to hold a M1 Garand rifle, broken down into three sections. Many paratroopers (like Earl McClung) chose to jump without the bag so their rifles would be ready to use.

9. Paratrooper Brad Freeman was popular in Easy Company because of his soft southern drawl and handy ability to "field dress a cow." It was important to Brad that Gil Cohen captured the right tone of his "smokey black" hair in this painting.

10. Lt. Buck Compton, the leader of Easy Company's 2nd Platoon, was the jumpmaster for Stick 70 and the first out the door that night.

11. This paratrooper leg bag appears in Gil Cohen's "Night of Nights" painting.

12. This C-47 belongs to the 91st Troop Carrier squadron, one of four squadrons that comprised the 439th Troop Carrier Group.

1. These P-47s are returning from their last mission of the day. Soon after, all fighter aircraft would be grounded so the black and white invasion stripes could be painted on.

2. 81 C-47s would take off from Upottery at 23:13 for the D-Day invasion, three would never return home.

3. Paratrooper Don Malarkey would recall an encounter with Regimental Chaplain Captain John S. Maloney during the battle for Carentan:

“It had been a fast and furious attack. At the end, amid moans of wounded soldiers and occasional shots, I heard the oddest thing: ’ Hail Mary, mother of Jesus, full of grace…’ Over and over. Not the panicked voice of a wounded soldier, but the stoic, almost calm voice of someone else...I glanced up and there was Father John Maloney, holding a small cross in his hands and walking down the center of the road, administering last rites to our dying. Never seen anything like it, a priest administering last rites with bullets bouncing around his feet..."

4. Operational in 1944, Upottery airfield (USAAF station 462) is located about 140 miles southwest of London. While no longer in operation, the airfield's abandoned control tower and runways remain to this day.

5. Chaplain Maloney would receive the Distinguished Service Cross (second only to the Medal of Honor) for his heroic actions on D-Day and beyond.

6. Of the approximately 2,000 paratroopers of the 506th regiment who jumped into France on D-Day, 231 were killed in action, 183 were missing or POWs, and 569 were wounded, resulting in close to 50% casualties for the Normandy campaign.

GIL COHEN
Gil Cohen is an “old master” among the world’s military and aviation artists. Gil’s passion for military history began as a youngster, during the Second World War when Gil would study the military aircraft that flew over the Philadelphia area where he was born and raised.

Gil originally studied under renowned illustrator and author, Henry C. Pitz and World War II combat artist, Albert Gold and graduated from the Philadelphia Museum School of Art in 1953. Prior to beginning his professional art career, Gil spent two years in the army. During that time, he was stationed outside of Frankfurt, West Germany as an artist with the 513th Military Intelligence Group, US Army Europe, during the height of the Cold War.

After his military service, Gil built a career as a freelance illustrator and painter of historical subjects. Clients during this 50 year span of time have included: The National Park Service, Paramount Pictures, Bantam books, Harlequin Books, Random House, The U.S. Coast Guard, The National Guard, and Boeing & Sikorsky Aircraft Companies.

Years later he would produce a stunning series of paintings depicting scenes of Eighth Air Force activities during World War II. A one-man show of this work was exhibited at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum in Savannah, Georgia and his paintings have since been exhibited at The National Parks Civil War battlefields, The Royal Air Force Museum in London, and The U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton.

Gil has served as Vice-President of the American Society of Aviation Artists ( ASAA ) and is the recipient of the “Best of the Best” award sponsored by Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine. The US Air Force and National Guard have flown Gil to such places as war-torn Bosnia, Somalia, Central Asia and Israel to do paintings of American servicemen and women in action. Now, through Valor Studios, Gil continues his tradition of excellence, honoring those who serve through the brushstrokes of an “old master.”

Easy Company paratroopers Earl McClung, Don Malarkey, Buck Compton, and Rod Strohl with Gil Cohen's "Night of Nights" painting.
Valor Studios wishes to thank the following for their assistance with this project:
Paul Ademic, Rick Giancarlo, Rich Riley, D-Day Historian Paul Woodadge, and the distinguished veterans who made this print possible.