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Done in pencil and color pencil on 14×17 100 wt. bristol smooth paper, sprayed with laquer finish. Print dimensions are 11×17.

Say Hi to Don, A real honest american hero. Comissioned by his wife and her sister as a gift for his birthday (will include a final picture after it is all put together.)

This is the younger Don in the days of the Vietnam War. Don was a side door gunner on the Huey troop helicopters, I don’t know much about his service other than he survived (3) helicopter crashes and was awarded the purple heart and has had a successful carreer and marriage, and is now enjoying retirement. This was a lot of fun and what a great honor for me to pay some respect to this veteran and others like him.

Custom work such as this is not as expensive as you would think. email me at wingartproductions@gmail.com if you would like to know more, or contact me here at redbubble. Thanks for peeking!

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bell, soldier, vietnam, army, warrior, helicopters, veteran, heros, huey, gunners

Comments

  • Paul Lindenberg
    Paul Lindenbergalmost 5 years ago

    Again, Trenton, you raise the bar. Wonderful execution.

  • Just finished putting this all in the frame with the purple heart. The person I have been working with cried (in a good way) when she saw it all put together, it was really cool to be able to effect such emotion in a postive way. Truth in the saying; “The pen is mighter than the sword.”

    – Trenton Hill

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 5 years ago

    Excellent Trenton. Good tribute. – Ted

  • Thank you so much Ted. And thanks for the great emails.

    – Trenton Hill

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 4 years ago

    Great work Trenton. Maybe you want to enter it in the Challenge
    Good luck :)

  • Thanks Mary. I think I will give it a go in the father day challenge. :o) Thanks again for your great support. You rock!

    – Trenton Hill

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 4 years ago

    (your vote is needed here !)

  • Thank you!!!

    – Trenton Hill

  • WildBillPho
    WildBillPhoalmost 4 years ago

    Great work Trenton! The troop carriers really flew into some hot landing zones. Gunners still alive today have much to be thankful for! Thank god I was in attack Hueys and stayed mostly above 600 feet.
    Excellent tribute to Vets, much appreciated!

  • Bill! Thanks for the comments and thanks for your service. You guys in the attack copters still got shot at and my appreciation extends to all who put themselves in harms way. If you have pictures I would love a chance to see them? Maybe I need to do Bills attack helicopter? What do do you think? Thanks again!

    – Trenton Hill

  • DeborahZaragoza
    DeborahZaragozaabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Mid-Day Features in Black & White

    July 18, 2011

    Outstanding Work!

  • Thank you Deborah!!!

    – Trenton Hill

  • James Lewis Hamilton
    James Lewis Ha...about 3 years ago

    Wonderful … evocative image… well, iconic from my point of view. I’m now a retired Viet Nam vet, too… who was Army infantry in the Mekong delta and flew in many of these birds in 1968. Then became an Army Combat Artist in the 9th Infantry Division and together with four other artists created work representative of the war. Work done at the time (as from all wars) was eventually sent back to Washington D.C. and became part of the archives and collection in an Army art collection.
    This piece, along with your story, would be a fine addition to this collection. I have no idea if they still accept work from Viet Nam era… but you may want to check this out and see IF they do… and will accept this… IT is worthy!!!
    BEST… ;-)))

  • James…..I sincerely appreciate your coment. I thank you for your service, I have a lot of respect for our veterans and the people that serve today. I would have no idea on how to go about doing what you suggest, and pretty much my luck with the military as far as my art goes has been a dead end. But I really really do apreciate your thoughtful coment. That had to be cool being an Army Artist though?! I would be a happy camper to get paid doing something that I really love. Thanks again James!

    – Trenton Hill

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago


    JULY 19th, 2011
    ► See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
    ►Please participate in the ongoing Challenges
    Mary

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersover 2 years ago

    Wow again… I’ve ridden in a couple of these flying egg beaters myself which scared the living daylights out of me as they had a reputation for breaking down mid air.. the RAAF used them extensively years ago here in Aus. What a hero for sure.. to ride in these in a wartime scenario is inspirational stuff.

  • I agree! Thanks for all of your wonderful comments! I really appreciate you taking the time, very nice of you! All my best Phil to you and yours!!!!

    – Trenton Hill

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