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The painting occurs at the start of "Red" McDaniel's 81st Vietnam combat mission in 1967, taking off from the aircraft carrier USS "Enterprise" from the South China Sea in an A-6 Intruder. It was an Alpha Strike which means a full press. It was on this mission that he was shot down. He was held captive for six years. What makes him special is how he survived the torture of his captivity. When he returned home, he was awarded the Navy's highest award for bravery, the Navy Cross. Among his other military decorations are two Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts for wounds received at the hands of his torturers. Captain McDaniel resumed active duty as Commanding Officer of the USS "Niagara Falls" and Commanding Officer of the USS "Lexington" aircraft carriers. He then served as Director of Navy/Marine Corps Liaison to the U. S. House of Representatives from 1979 to 1981. He retired from the Navy in 1982. Countersigner: Captain Eugene "Red" McDaniel.

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Height 18 1/4
Width 28
Limited Edition of 1000
Published November 1991
Artist William S. Phillips


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