17.000 x 14.000 inches
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Gregory Pappy Boyington
Drawing - Charcoal & Grafite On White 100lb Paper
This is an original drawing of one of the most famous WWII Aces and one of my favorite heros of the war, Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington. Pappy was the commanding officer of the famous "Black Sheep" Squadron. During the 70s they did a television series called Baa Baa Black Sheep. Its premise was based on the experiences of United States Marine Corps aviator Pappy Boyington and his World War II "Black Sheep Squadron".
Pappy was also awarded the congressional the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism, citation reads as follows:
For extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of Marine Fighting Squadron TWO FOURTEEN in action against enemy Japanese forces in Central Solomons Area from 12 September 1943 to 3 January 1944. Consistently outnumbered throughout successive hazardous flights over heavily defended hostile territory, Major Boyington struck at the enemy with daring and courageous persistence, leading his squadron into combat with devastating results to Japanese shipping, shore installations and aerial forces. Resolute in his efforts to inflict crippling damage on the enemy, Major Boyington led a formation of twenty-four fighters over Kahili on 17 October and, persistently circling the airdrome where sixty hostile aircraft were grounded, boldly challenged the Japanese to send up planes. Under his brilliant command, our fighters shot down twenty enemy craft in the ensuing action without the loss of a single ship. A superb airman and determined fighter against overwhelming odds, Major Boyington personally destroyed 26 of the many Japanese planes shot down by his squadron and by his forceful leadership developed the combat readiness in his command which was a distinctive factor in the Allied aerial achievements in this vitally strategic area.
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
June 8th, 2012
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