Desperate Extraction

North of the Euphrates, Two Days Before the War

by U.S. Army Combat Artist Frank M. Thomas (LTC)

Original 48 x 72" Acrylic/Canvas Painting
Found in Collection Artist's Collection, Holden, Utah

 Background:
    Their commando operation gone awry, this nine man Special Forces team, under command of Captain Jim Thompson, bolts for the safety of two Army UH-60 helicopters. Their highly dangerous secret spy mission had taken them into the Iraqi desert southwest of Baghdad.

 Discovered and surrounded by Saddam's Iraqi soldiers, Thompson's commando team faced the prospect of having to defend their dry irrigation ditch position for up to 12 hours with only small arms.   Fortunately, Air Force F-16's, rotating in and out, two at a time, for over six hours, gave welcomed support.  The fighter jets strafed and cluster bombed all enemy vehicles attempting to reach the U.S. soldiers. The Iraqi's were held at bay. This scene shows the daylight extraction, under fire, of Captain Thompson and his Green Berets. (Lacking photo details of the actual team members, other than Captain Thompson, artist Thomas painted his two sons, two sons-in-law and two of his brothers into this scene, along with Captain Jim Thompson.)

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