“Kicking the Hornet’s Nest” by Joe Kline

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Size 20" x 24"
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Signed by SEVEN Medal of Honor Recipients

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Representing one of the most common and gut-wrenching actions experienced by combat troops in Vietnam - a combat assault into a hot LZ. Six UH-1H Huey Slicks descend into a landing zone to deliver infantry as doorgunners provide suppressive fire. Customized versions will include hand-painted unit markings of your choice, and aircraft can be modified to depict UH-1D models. Also when you purchase this print you will be helping our Veterans because a large portion of the proceeds from the sale of this print will benefit the Allen J. Lynch Medal of Honor Veterans Foundation.

Allen Lynch - Sp4c Co. D 1st Battalion 12th Cavalry 1st Cavalry Division Born: 10/28/1945 Illinois MOH Action: Bong Son Vietnam 12/15/1967 Sp4c Lynch was serving as Radio Operator for his unit when it came under concentrated enemy fire near the village of My An. He spotted three wounded comrades immobilized behind enemy lines. Despite overwhelming fire by machine gun emplacements, Lynch crossed the open field, killed two enemy in a nearby trench and made three trips across the field to carry the wounded men to safety. Their positions were soon overrun, but Lynch remained with the three wounded, fending off and killing five Viet Cong soldiers who attempted to reclaim the trench. Lynch then directed the transport of his wounded comrades to safer ground and returned to combat. MOH Award: 5/14/1970 Presented by President Richard Nixon White House Washington D.C

Hershel Williams - Corporal 21st Marines 3rd Marine Division Born: 10/2/1923 West Virginia MOH Action: Iwo Jima 2/3/1945 Corporal Williams cleared the path for ground forces to advance on Iwo Jima after tanks became marred in the sand and could not soften the enemy defenses. Grabbing his flamethrower, he pushed ahead of his unit and dashed forward to attack emplaced enemy machine gun bunkers, sneaking up behind them and placing the muzzle of his flamethrower into the fresh air supply portal hidden at the top each pillbox. In ten days of the march to support the capture of Mt. Suribachi, Williams was the only one of six flamethrower personnel to survive and 262 of the 279 men in the unit were wounded or killed in action. MOH Award: 10/5/1945 Presented by President Harry Truman White House Washington D.C.

Ronald Rosser - Corporal 38th Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division Born: 10/24/1929 Ohio MOH Action: Ponggilli Korea 1/2/1952 Corporal Rosser was serving in a surprise winter attack by his unit on the North Korean Army in the foothills of Ponggilli. Heavily defended, enemy forces launched a counter drive toward the U.N. forces’ positions. Rosser sought to reduce the direct threat to his unit and jumped into an occupied North Korean held trench, killing nine defenders in hand to hand combat. He then proceeded to capture a second one with an exchange of grenades, and upon securing the trench, rounded up weapons of killed soldiers and commandeered a third trench. Rosser reached the top of the hill and was credited with neutralizing 38 enemy troops in the assault. MOH Award: 6/27/1952 Presented by President Harry Truman White House Washington D.C.

Michael Fitzmaurice - Sp4c Troop D 2nd Squadron 17th Cavalry 101st Airborne Born: 9/19/1950 North Dakota MOH Action: Khe Sanh Vietnam 3/23/1971 Sp4c Fitzmaurice was one of an emplacement of three soldiers selected to defend one of a ring of bunkers outside the airfield at Khe Sanh. A company of Viet Cong sappers snuck up quietly on the pillbox and hurled three grenades into it. Fitzmaurice immediately leaned over and grabbed the first two, hurling them back at the enemy. With no time to do so with the third one, he laid down on top of it to smother the blast and save his comrades. Shrapnel blinded his left eye, but Fitzmaurice recovers, positions his rifle, and presses fire on the enemy until his ammunition is depleted. He was hospitalized for thirteen months recuperating from wounds received in the action. Two years later, while working at a meat packing plant in South Dakota, he was informed he would receive the Medal of Honor. MOH Award: 10/15/1973 Presented by President Richard Nixon White House Washington D.C.

Robert Simanek - Private (Radio Operator) Company F 2nd Battalion 5th Marines 1st Marine Division Born: 4/26/1930 Michigan MOH Action: Panmunjon Korea 8/17/1952 Pvt. Simanek was a Radio Operator for a patrol unit ahead of friendly lines outside Panmunjon. North Korean forces immediately responded with withering fire in an attempt to disperse the squad. Having only a pistol for defense, Simanek fired rounds at the enemy until his cartridge was empty, then watched as a grenade landed in his squad’s trench. He quickly covered it with his body and directly absorbed the impact. As his legs bled in pain, Simanek clutched his radio and calmly called in air support to stop the enemy advance. In the commotion, however, he was left behind occupied lines, crawling on hands and knees to his unit’s outpost. Upon arrival, he insisted that others receive medical attention before him. Simanek spent six months in the hospital recuperating from the wounds. MOH Award: 10/27/1953 Presented by President Dwight Eisenhower White House Washington D.C.

Kenneth Stumpf - Sp4c Company C 1st Battallion 35th Infantry 25th Infantry Division Born: 9/28/1944 Wisconsin MOH Action: Quang Ngai Vietnam 4/25/1967 Staff Sergeant Kenneth Stumpf was a Sp4c with a company of men scouting the perimeter of a small village in Vietnam. Their unit unexpectedly came upon a large enemy emplacement of bunkers and Stumpf’s unit came under intense fire. Three men of his company were instantly hit and went down. Seeing them wounded, Stumpf reached down, and exposed to a fusillade of bullets, carries each of his comrades, one at a time, to safety. Unscathed, he then filled a sandbag with grenades and pressed the attack. By the end of the engagement, Stempf had snuck in close enough to lob grenades into three pillboxes, neutralizing their guns and killing all soldiers inside. In the process, a grenade exploded beside him, but he insisted on remaining in the field until all bunkers had been destroyed. MOH Award: 9/16/1968 Presented by President Lyndon Johnson White House Washington D.C.

Gary Wetzel - Private First Class 173rdAssault Helicopter Company 11th Aviation Battalion Born: 9/29/1947 Wisconsin MOH Action: Ap Dong Am Vietnam 1/8/1968 Pfc Wetzel was a door gunner aboard an Army UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” helicopter during an insertion of troops near Ap Dong Am in South Vietnam. At low level, two Viet Cong rocket propelled grenades exploded within a few feet of the helicopter and Wetzel was struck by shrapnel, disabling his left arm. Blown out of the aircraft from the force of the detonation, he ran to a machine gun emplacement, and with one arm dangling from the socket, grabbed the gun with his free hand and repelled the enemy from overrunning the landing zone. Wetzel’s left arm was amputated as a result of his wounds and he spent five months in the hospital recovering from his injuries. MOH Award: 11/19/1968 Presented by President Lyndon Johnson White House Washington D.C.