.Iwo Jima, Mount suribachi, 5th Marines, Flag raising, 7th war bond tour, Ira Hayes, Rene Gagnon, Harlon Block, Harold Schultz, Mike Strank, Franklin Sousley
Call to Arms
This is the third piece of the Bronze Star (Pacific Theatre) series featuring a Marine advancing forward to outflank the enemy. He is carrying an Ithica Model 37 Trench Gun. These weapons were ideal for close combat in jungle conditions.
This is the second of the Bronze Star (Pacific Theatre) series featuring a Marine from the 1st Marine Division, after battle pose with an M1918A2, Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) standing over an Imperial Japanese Army helmet. This piece was also inspired from the book "Into the Valley" by John Hersey, and by the illustrations of Donald L. Dickson, Maj., U.S.M.C.
Marine Scout is the fourth in the Bronze Star (Pacific Theatre) series, featuring a Marine on jungle patrol through the mosquito infested swamps and armed with a M1A1 Thompson Submachine Gun with 30 rnd magazines. He is set on the Island of Bougainville, the largest of the Solomon Island Chain, during the later part of 1943.
"The Mad Minute" originally coined by the British Army prior to WWI, refers to the APWT (annual personnel weapons test), where each infantryman would have to qualify his marksmanship training with his bolt action .303 Lee Enfield Rifle, by placing 15 hits on target at 300 yards away in 60 seconds. This would create an intense rate of fire on the training field and help steel the nerve of soldiers entering combat.
During the Vietnam War, the term "Mad Minute" refers to the intense rate of fire that all available weapons could produce toward every available target for at least 1 minute. This is quite effective for discouraging enemy troop movement and for clearing LZ's (landing zones). It was also helpful in blowing off steam when the frustration of taking fire from a hidden enemy became too much to bear.
This sculpture depicts two Marines during the Vietnam War in a free fire zone on an undetermined hill in the jungles of South Vietnam. One man is firing the M16A1, while the other man is firing his M79 Grenade Launcher.
Legs & Ammo
Legs & Ammo is the first sculpture in a series of 12, where I combined pin-up, nose art and comic book heroines. I wanted to create a fun and provocative sculpture, combining widely known forms of illustrations that have captivated me for many years. Legs & Ammo is my depiction of a nose-art girl with an M1 Garand, that peeled herself right off of the nose of a bomber and is ready for action - say no more!
Hoplite Sentry is the first in the Bronze Age (Classical Period) series, depicting a Greek Citizen Soldier of 4th Century B.C., armed with his most important field equipment, the hoplon (shield), his kopis (sword), and his dory (throwing spear). His hoplon is adorned with an octopus motif which is representative of the Patron God Poseidon, to strike fear in the enemy and protect him from harm. His helmet, with a dyed horse hair crest, is fashioned after the classic Corinthian design and weighed between 5 and 8 lbs. He also wore the curass (chest armor) and greaves (shin guards) for protection. Although the armor looks very intimidating, it was very thin and light weight for mobility. The Hoplites were highly trained and skilled soldiers and valued their mobility. They fought as a group, creating a phalanx (a line of shields), which was a very powerful tactic.
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In the final days of WWII, U.S. Forces continued to island hop in the Pacific and set their sites on a small group of islands known as the Volcano Islands, and one in particular, Iwo Jima. When one thinks of Iwo Jima the iconic image of the flag raising comes to mind, that was but a small event in the overall battle for Iwo Jima. First Wave is my depiction of D-day on Iwo Jima. Under the gaze of Mount Suribachi, the Marines landed on a crowded beach littered with dead and dying men, under intense enemy fire and without cover. One by one, small groups of Marines pushed inland over the terraces of black volcanic sand to gain a foothold on the island and begin the most costly battle in Marine Corps history.
The battle for Iwo Jima lasted for 35 days. During that time period 6,000 Marines were killed and 17,000 Marines were wounded, while only 216 Japanese survived out of 20,000.
"Among the Americans who served on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue." Admiral Chester W. Nimitz