101st and 82nd Airborne on D-Day

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Print Size: 31" x 19"
All prints sold unframed

"Far from Home"
June 6, 1944 --
a fine art print by James Dietz

Sunrise on D-Day was full of revelation. For most paratroopers, this was the farthest they’d been from home. And here was the enemy. Among these German POWs, Pvt. Don Malarkey meets a sergeant who had lived in Portland, Oregon. And Don was from Astoria, 70 miles away. And they had even worked across the street from one another.

Don’s comrades keep their distance, pondering the enemy they had traveled so far to fight. A shout will soon summon Don: “Malark, let’s go!” This German’s war is over—for everyone else, fierce fighting lays ahead. Don would then utter the strangest words between enemies on D-Day: “You take care.”

Only 100 numbered prints, signed by artist
Jim Dietz and includes the following:

- The star of "Far From Home" Band of Brothers hero Don Malarkey! (separate signature card)

- Band of Brothers Brecourt Manor hero
Buck Compton! (separate signature card)

- Replica jump wings to frame with your print

- Color COA with "History Behind the Art" facts

All prints are sold unframed


Only 100 numbered prints,
signed by artist Jim Dietz.

Includes a color COA with
"History Behind the Art" facts

All prints are sold unframed

Contact us to be on the waiting list
should one come available.

Only 190 numbered prints, signed by artist
James Dietz and includes 20 signatures of
D-Day veterans & WWII heroes.

- A relic from the C-47
"Night Fright"!

- A parachute relic
found in Normandy!
- Replica jump wings
& parachute patch
- Color COA with "History Behind the Art" facts

All prints are sold unframed

A 44 canvas giclee edition may be made available by Valor Studios in the future. A Signer Proof edition of 100 prints exists for print signers. An Artist Proof edition of 100 prints, Artist's Reserve edition of 50 prints & Gallery Edition of 100 prints, all bearing only the artist's signature are available.
An irreplaceable collection of rare signatures from the
heroes who fought to liberate Europe during World War II . . .
Les Cruise
H-Company, 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne. Jumped on D-Day and fought in Ste. Mere Eglise. Seriously wounded during the Battle of the Bulge. Subject of the short film "All American."
Paul Demciak
Pathfinder in plane #16, B-Company, 508th PIR, 82nd Airborne. Captured on D-Day and later escaped and returned to Allied lines. Bronze Star with "V" for Valor. Read Paul's story here.

Brad Freeman
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), veteran of D-Day, Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, wounded in attack on Foy. Part of the 2nd Platoon's mortar squad under Don Malarkey & Bill Guarnere.

Buck Compton
Signature Card
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), officer, veteran of D-Day (& Brecourt Manor), Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, Silver Star, author of "Call of Duty"
Henry Langrehr
B-Company, 307th Airborne Engineers, attached to the 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne. Parachuted on D-Day, later captured. Awarded two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts. Read Henry's story here.
Clancy Lyall
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Abn.), D-Day, Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, wounded three times, featured in David Webster's book "Parachute Infantry" & subject of the book "Silver Eagle."
Don Jakeway
H-Company (508th PIR, 82nd Airborne), landed near Ste. Mere Eglise on D-Day, fought in Market Garden until wounded by artillery. Returned for the Battle of the Bulge where he was shot through the lung by a sniper.
Babe Heffron
Arrived in England at time of D-Day, assigned to Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne) shortly after Normandy. Jumped on Market Garden and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Co-author of "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends"

Don Malarkey
Signature Card
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), veteran of D-Day (& Brecourt Manor), Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, Bronze Star w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Author of "Easy Company Soldier"

Al Mampre
101st medic, "Toccoa" man, helped prep paratroopers for D-Day. Joined Easy Company (506th PIR) for Market Garden & Battle of the Bulge. Saved the life of Lt. Brewer, shot by a sniper. The same sniper would wound Al.

Jim "Pee Wee" Martin
G-Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne, "Toccoa" man. Jumped into Normandy on D-Day and did it again 70 years later! Fought in all the 101st campaigns. Read more about Jim's adventures.

Dan McBride
F-Company, 502nd PIR, 101st Airborne. Jumped into Normandy on D-Day. Earned three purple hearts: shot in the arm in France, wounded by a mortar in Holland and hit by shrapnel in the Bulge.
Learn more here.

Earl McClung
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), veteran of D-Day, Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge & beyond. 3rd Platoon's First Scout & the first American to reach the Eagle's Nest.
Learn more here.

Fred Morgan
HQ, 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne. Made all four jumps with the 82nd during WWII despite having vertigo as a kid! Treated wounded during the battle of La Fiere bridge. Learn more here.

Bob Noody
F-Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne. Jumped on D-Day. Destroyed a tank with his bazooka, wounded at Carentan. Later fought in Holland and the Bulge, where he was wounded at Foy. Learn more here.

Phil Perugini
Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne. Jumped into Normandy on D-Day and broke his leg upon landing. Received the Purple Heart.

George Shenkle
E-Company, 508th PIR, 82nd Airborne. Jumped on D-Day near Ste. Mere Eglise. Later jumped into Holland and was wounded in the Bulge. Learn more here.
Ed Tipper
Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne. Bazooka man, jumped on D-Day. Heavily wounded by a mortar during the battle for Carentan.
Learn more here.
Fred Trenck
C-47 pilot, 301st Squadron of the 441st Troop Carrier Group.
On the D-Day drop, Fred piloted his C-47 "Pee Wee" and earned the admiration of the 101st Airborne paratroopers he was carrying for giving them a smooth drop.
Guy Whidden
HQ, 502nd PIR, 101st Airborne. Machine gunner who jumped into Normandy on D-Day, fought in Holland until severely wounded near Best. Later became a jump instructor. Learn more here.

“Far from Home,” our 75th Anniversary D-Day tribute print may be artist James Dietz’s most complex scene, a panoply of men, machines, and even animals that collided in the crossroads of war on June 6.

Set shortly before Dietz’s “Silencing the Guns” and “Day of Days,” “Far from Home” represents an archetypical moment from the morning of D-Day, as the newly-consolidated American paratrooopers head for their objectives—in this case, toward Le Grand Chemin—squelching resistance as they go.

As many times as this scene played out across Normandy, “Far from Home,” depicts an unparalleled moment of humanity:

Easy Company’s Don Malarkey is conversing with his enemy. And not just any enemy. This German POW once worked across the street from him back home in Oregon. The encounter began when one of Malarkey’s buddies joked, “Where the hell are you guys from, Brooklyn?” The German’s answer? “No, Portland, Oregon.”

2.) What will become of these German POWs? Contrary to what you saw in Band of Brothers, Lt. Ron Speirs did not execute this group of prisoners; that actual incident, still shrouded in mystery, is rumored to have taken place near Carentan. These POWs likely survived the day, having fallen captive to this ad hoc unit under Lt. Dick Winters, a by-the-books soldier who will later claim a dozen more prisoners during the Brécourt Manor assault.

3.) SSgt. Carwood Lipton, Easy Company's future First Sergeant, is seen wearing a scarf made from his parachute as he inspects a K98k Mauser.

4.) Looking on is Pfc. Robert “Popeye” Wynn, whose D-Day odyssey will end soon after when he’ll be shot through the buttocks at Brécourt Manor.

5.) Lt. Buck Compton examines his newfound Thompson while keeping an eye on the prisoners. Having lost the leg bag containing his carbine, he was given the Thompson by a D-Company paratrooper who had broken his leg in the jump. A short time later, the weapon will fail to fire in the midst of the Brécourt battle, and afterward Buck will discover why: the firing pin was broken the entire time.

6.) In addition to these paratroopers of E-Co., 506th PIR, other units are represented including the 502nd PIR, whose trooper wears a painted white heart on his helmet.

7.) Men from the “All American” 82nd Airborne are identifiable by their patches and the American flags sewn onto their sleeves. Due to the scattering of units from the drops, men from both divisions would fight as brothers-in-arms on D-Day and in the immediate days to follow.

8.) The effects of war can be seen around the paratroopers this morning. The Norman farmhouse has been destroyed and the vintage telephone pole outside, likely hit during the morning’s air raids or a shipborne bombardment.

9.) The farm’s animals have been released, including a dog and numerous squawking poultry.

10.) Other animals weren’t so fortunate, as eagle-eyed viewers will notice dead cows among the shell craters in the distant fields.

John D. Shaw

Jim Dietz has gained international recognition in aviation, military and automotive art circles for his unique approach to these genres. "The people, settings and costumes are what make early 20th Century history exciting and romantic to me."

It is this feeling that makes Jim Dietz and his artwork so different from his contemporaries. Rather than simply illustrate hardware, Jim prefers to portray human involvement, to show in his paintings the interaction between man and machine-after all, he says, "it is the people who make machines great-by design, by operation and by dedication."

A native of San Francisco, Jim graduated from Art Center College of Design in 1969 and began a successful illustration career. In 1978, Jim and his wife to move to Seattle where he began to fulfill his dream of specializing in historical aviation, automotive and military art. His clients have included everyone from Boeing to the Army's Delta Force.

Jim still lives in Seattle, with his wife, Patti, son, lan and his shepherd, Tazzy, who is seen often in Jim's paintings. His studio resembles a WW I aviator's bar, filled with flying and automotive memorabilia, wooden props and model airplanes.

Valor Studios wishes to thank the following for their assistance with this project:
D-Day historian Paul Woodadge, the Malarkey family, and the distinguished veterans who made this print possible.