Off the Beach!
- With The Old Breed on Peleliu -
a fine art print by Matt Hall

It is 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 15, 1944 as the Marines of King Company churn onto Peleliu. Vehicle exhaust, gun smoke, and burning vegetation choke the air as Japanese artillery and mortars pound the pre-sighted beaches. Machine gun bullets rip across the sand as Eugene Sledge, in his baptism of fire, trails veteran R.V. Burgin.

Sent to capture Peleliu’s airfield from an enemy of unknown strength, the men of K-3-5 and their brothers of the 1st Marine Division know they are in the fight of their lives. But, for now, only one thought echoes through their minds: Get off the beach!

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Iwo Jima, the First Flag
a fine art print by Ron Stark

February 23, 1945 . . . Atop volcanic Mt. Suribachi, Marines of the 3rd Platoon, Easy Company, 28th Regiment, 5th Marine Division, hoist the first American flag over Iwo Jima. As Old Glory breaks the skyline, a tremendous roar of shouts and whistles will emerge from the Marines on the beaches and the sailors at sea. Later, this flag will be lowered and a replacement raised. Although a photo of the second flag would be cherished by the home front, the first flag belonged to the heroes of Iwo Jima.

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GUADALCANAL MARINE:
PFC. SIDNEY PHILLIPS

a fine art print by Matt Hall

Pfc. Sid Phillips knew he was a long way from his home in Mobile, Alabama, when he entered the jungles of Guadalcanal in August 1942. A mortarman with H-Company of the 1st Marines (the same company as Robert Leckie), Sid was 17 years old when he entered combat with the Japanese. Some two years later, when he returned home, the jungle fighting on Guadalcanal and, later, Cape Gloucester, had turned Sid Phillips into an “Old Timer” by Marine standards, and more: he left as a boy, but came home, a man.

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PELELIU MARINE:
CPL. R.V. BURGIN

a fine art print by Matt Hall

When 20-year-old R.V. Burgin joined K-3-5 of the 1st Marine Division in June 1943, the unit’s ‘Canal veterans took him under wing. Their tutelage and R.V.’s Texan toughness gave him an edge on New Britain. By the Peleliu battle, R.V. was a corporal and mortar section leader. R.V. would later become a sergeant and fight on Okinawa. By the war’s end, he received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and the admiration of fellow Marines like Eugene Sledge, who said R.V. was, “. . . as fine a sergeant as I ever saw.”

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IWO JIMA MARINES:
JOHN BASILONE & CHUCK TATUM

a fine art print by Matt Hall

As Chuck Tatum, an 18-year-old in B-Co., 27th Marines, 5th Div., clung to Iwo Jima’s beach, he was shocked at the sight of a lone Marine, standing tall in the face of enemy fire. That Marine was Gunny John Basilone. Having trained under Basilone, Tatum knew this was a man to follow. Advancing to the island’s first airfield together, Tatum and Basilone would encounter and neutralize a heavily-fortified enemy blockhouse, an action that would earn Basilone the Navy Cross, and Tatum, his stripes as a combat Marine.

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The Homecoming
- A Grateful Nation Awaits -
a fine art print by John D. Shaw

September 1945 . . . For countless American boys who sailed off to war in the Pacific, the Golden Gate Bridge was their last sight of home. Many would never return. Now, the veterans of WWII witness the joy of the nation they saved. A parade of watercraft escorts their convoy into San Francisco Bay while Corsairs of the "Black Sheep" provide an aerial salute. Stationed in California, the Black Sheep planes are factory fresh except for a war-weary model, used for training. Like the heroes below, this tired fighter will soon retire, its mission accomplished. America is free. No homecoming would be sweeter than this.

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