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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This M101A1 howitzer, used to support infantry operations, was well suited to operations in extreme weather conditions, muddy river deltas, mountainous areas and in jungle operations…and as well, air lift.   It fired, basically, a 33 lb explosive projectile out to a range of seven miles.  

The artist, 1st Lieutenant Frank Thomas, is painted in the lower left as he looked in 1967 (28 years of age), the battery executive officer, Alpha Battery, 2nd Bn, 4th FA, 9th Inf Div.   His battery of 96 men, commanded by Captain James Tate III, functioned with six of these weapons.   Thomas later, while still in Vietnam, was assigned to serve as an official Army Combat Artist for the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Washington, D.C..   This painting has been part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Observance in Washington, D.C.

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 Art Print-Canvas (Giclee') Offerings:
 
14" x 28" (signed by artist/rolled - ready to stretch)..........................$137.20                                                   
shipped........................+ $15.00
 
14" x 28" (signed by artist/ fully stretched - ready to frame)......................$152.00                                              shipped.............+ $21.50
 
20" x 40" (signed by artist/rolled only - ready to stretch)......................$280.00                                               
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28" x 56" (signed by artist/rolled only - ready to stretch)......................$520.00
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Art Print-beautifully produced on heavy Watercolor Paper:
 
14" x 28" (signed by artist)...........................$137.20
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20" x 40" (signed by artist)...........................$280.00
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