Vietnam Art

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

Gently, Ever So Gently

Army Medics at Their Very Finest In Vietnam 

Original 20" x 32" Acrylic/Canvas Painting by U.S. Army Combat Artist Frank M. Thomas 

Found in the Vietnam Combat Art Collection, US Army Center of Military History, Washington, D.C.

Background:    
A soldier's greatest fear is the bullet that seemingly comes out of nowhere, to be followed by the distant crack and echo of a sniper's rifle shot.  Most times the round snaps harmlessly by, and time is frozen as we dive for scanty cover in the rice paddy mud we have been struggling through.   But, all too often the sniper bullet does find its target, and inflicts grievous wounds, or snuffs out a life.

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Escape From Happy Valley

Covert Team Extraction 

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

Original 11" x 15" Graphite Drawing
Found in the Collection of Major Fred Edens (US Army Retired) Johnson City, Tennessee

Background:    
Retired Army Major Fred Edens, of Johnson City, Tennessee, was a member of the 75th Rangers in Vietnam, in 1972.   He was also a three tour, twice wounded veteran of that conflict.   As a young enlisted Sp4, he became part of a six-man "hunter-killer" team.   These small, highly trained, covert teams were regularly inserted by helicopter into enemy held locations where U.S. soldiers were least expected to be.   Their mission: to inflict unrest and fear in the enemy....through set ambushes, hit and run tactics, secret assaults against individuals and small groups of Viet Cong guerillas or NVA soldiers, specifically the type action loved by "Rambo" movie script writers.

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Purple Heart Hill

Site X-Ray Security 

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

Original 11" x 15" Graphite Drawing
Found in the Collection of Major Fred Edens (US Army Retired) Johnson City, Tennessee

Background:
    Operational requirements on occasion required the Rangers to be used in less than glamorous missions. And thus it was that they found themselves providing security for a communications relay site. Site X-Ray, located on a jungle covered mountain top in Vietnam's coastal range, was extremely vital to the success of a large operation being conducted further inland. It was also completely surrounded by the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and cut off from ground supply. The Ranger unit's mission was to hold the position at any costs, and they did.

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Highlands Defense

Hill 875 in the Central Highlands of Vietnam 

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

Original 11" x 15" Graphite Drawing
Found in the Artist's Collection, Holden, Utah

 Background:
    The extremely rugged mountainous region along the Cambodian border, in the northern part of the II Corps area, was witness to many bloody encounters.   This scene on a Central highlands mountaintop south of Dak To, Kontum Province, Vietnam, depicts a brief lull in the battle against elements of the North Vietnamese Army's 1st Division.   A tired young M-60 machine gunner, after a long night of fighting, bows his head for a little rest......or is he seeking guidance from higher command?

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Jungle Crossing

Central Highlands of Vietnam 

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

Original 60" x 48" Acrylic/Canvas Painting
Artist's Collection, Holden, Utah

Background:
     Crossing a mountain stream in Vietnam's central highlands jungle, this small search and destroy force climbs slowly out of sight up the mountainside and into a dense tangle of teak and banyan trees.

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Monsoon Initiative

Field Artillery Air Assault Into the Central Highlands

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

Original Art Canvas, 48" x 96 "   Artist's Personal Collection (currently on loan to the American Legion)

Background:     The model-M101A1(World War II vintage), 105 MM howitzer was the mainstay of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery Regiment, 9th Infantry Division when it deployed from Fort Riley, Kansas, to Bear Cat, Mekong River Delta, Republic of Vietnam, in January 1967.
 

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