Print Size: 31" x 19"

All prints are sold unframed

The Victors
- A Nation's New Hope -
a fine art print by

PRINT #3 IN OUR "MARINES OF THE PACIFIC" SERIES!

Early December, 1942: a year after Pearl Harbor, U.S. Marine survivors of Guadalcanal swap hard-won war trophies after five brutal months of fighting. These teenagers-turned-veterans had endured savage bombardment by air and sea. They had weathered disease and near starvation. Ultimately, they had gone eyeball to eyeball with a seasoned foe and bested them in combat, giving America her first major land victory of WWII.

Now, as the 5th Marine Regiment departs, the Marines of the 1st Regiment await their chance to say goodbye to Guadalcanal. They would leave as victors, the Marines who gave a shaken nation new hope.

* screen colors may vary from print colors

Only 100 prints, signed and numbered by artist Matt Hall
& 4 Guadalcanal veterans:

- Marine Sid Phillips, depicted in The Pacific
- Marine Jim Young, featured in Voices of the Pacific
- 3 victory Wildcat pilot Sam Folsom
-
Henderson Field control tower operator Bud Devere

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- 2 photos of the Marine departure from Guadalcanal!
- 1st Marine Division pin to frame with your print!
- Color COA with "History Behind the Art" story

All prints are sold unframed

INTERNATIONAL:
$225 + $55 Priority Mail
USA: $225 + $20 SH
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Only 190 prints, signed and numbered by artist Matt Hall
& 2 Guadalcanal veterans. Now issuing:

- Marine Sid Phillips, depicted in The Pacific

- Marine Jim Young, featured in Voices of the Pacific

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

All prints are sold unframed

INTERNATIONAL:
$175 + $55 Priority Mail
USA: $175 + $20 SH
CO residents add 4% sales tax

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Only 100 prints
, signed and numbered by artist Matt Hall
& 9 Guadalcanal Marine veterans including:

- Richard Greer who ran ammo to his friend
John Basilone during his M.O.H. action!
- Sid Phillips, depicted in The Pacific!
- Jim Young and Roy Gerlach,
both featured in Voices of the Pacific!

- 3 victory Wildcat pilot Sam Folsom!
- Raiders Bob Adison, Marlin Groft, and Gerry West!

PACKAGE INCLUDES :
- 2 photos of the Marine departure from Guadalcanal!
- 1st Marine Division pin to frame with your print!
- Color COA with "History Behind the Art" story

All prints are sold unframed

A Signer Proof edition exists for print signers and helpers. A Gallery Edition of 100 artist-only signed prints may be available in the future.
42 signed giclees may be made available in the future.

Explore the history of the Battle of Guadalcanal in this excellent HBO feature that accompanied The Pacific mini-series. Watch for appearances by "The Victors" signers Sid Phillips and Richard Greer!

   
"The Victors" is hand signed by a collection of distinguished Marine Corps veterans who helped win the Battle of Guadalcanal, America's first major land victory in World War II!
Robert Addison
Addison was a mortar squad member with the elite 1st Marine Raider Battalion “Edson’s Raiders” fighting in the battles for Tulagi and Guadalcanal, including the Battle of Edson’s Ridge.

Pvt. Carl "Bud" DeVere
As a member of Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 141 (a SBD Dauntless squadron), Bud was deployed with the squadron to Guadalcanal in Sept. 1942. There, he served as the first control-tower operator, working out of the famous Japanese built "Pagoda" on Henderson Field.

Lt. Col. Sam Folsom
Folsom flew F4F Wildcats with VMF-121 as pilot in Major Joe Foss' famous "Flying Circus" on Guadalcanal. He shot down two Betty bombers and a Zero fighter! In 1998, Folsom foiled a bank robbery and landed himself on the Conan O'Brien show for his heroism!
Roy Gerlach
Gerlach fought at Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester with H-Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (H-2-1), the same unit as fellow H-Company Marines Robert Leckie and Sid Phillips. Gerlach's first hand accounts of combat in the Pacific can be read in Voices of the Pacific.
Sgt. Richard Greer
As a machine gunner with D-Company, 7th Marines (D-1-7), Greer fought on Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester. A close friend of John Basilone, Greer was tasked with re-writing the first draft of Basilone’s Medal of Honor citation. Greer served as a consultant on The Pacific and appears as a commentator before several episodes. Greer's first hand accounts of combat in the Pacific can be read in Voices of the Pacific.
Marlin Groft
As a rifleman with the elite 1st Marine Raider Battalion “Edson’s Raiders,” Groft fought at Tulagi, Guadalcanal, New Georgia, and Okinawa.
Pfc. Sidney Phillips
Sid Phillips joined the Marines at age 17 and found himself fighting on Guadalcanal as part of H-Company, 1st Marines (H-2-1), the same unit as Helmet for My Pillow author Robert Leckie. Sid has become internationally-known after his notable role in Ken Burns’ documentary, The War, and the Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg miniseries, The Pacific and for his beloved memoir, You'll Be Sor-ree!
Gerry West
West was an original member of the elite 1st Marine Raider Battalion “Edson’s Raiders.” West fought in the battles for Tulagi and Guadalcanal, including the Battle of Edson’s Ridge.
Sgt. James Young
A three Campaign veteran, Young served as in the Mortar Platoon with H-Company, 1st Marine Regiment (H-2-1). Young fought alongside fellow H-Company Marines Robert Leckie and Sid Phillips on Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, and Peleliu. Young's first hand accounts of combat in the Pacific can be read in Voices of the Pacific.
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. Photo courtesy of the White House.

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 "In the Company of Heroes" prints.
Valor Studios wishes to thank Alex Addesso, Aaron Pucel, Mike Rakestraw and the distinguished veterans who made this print possible!