"MORNING THUNDER"

BY ROBERT TAYLOR

Limited Edition of 550 prints. Each print is personally signed by
eight Navy officers and men who defended Pearl Harbor during the attack, including a Medal of Honor recipient. (biographies below)

Size: 23 - 3/4" x 33"

Price: $295.00



TWO NEW LIMITED EDITIONS BY ROBERT TAYLOR COMMEMORATING THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACK IN PEARL HARBOR ON DECEMBER 7, 1941 -
PURCHASE BOTH PRINTS TOGETHER AND RECEIVE A $100.00 DISCOUNT! EACH PRINT IS $295.OO BUT BOTH MAY BE PURCHASED FOR $490.00! RECIEVE FREE A COPY OF THE COMMEMORATIVE POSTER "REMEMBER DECEMBER 7TH!"

There are few truly defining moments in the history of a state - events that touch every citizen and alter a nation's future in the course of a few hours. What happened early on a December morning in 1941 stll reverberates sixty years later. It ended the greatest depression in history and plunged an unprepared country into a global war that it would emerge from as a superpower - a terrible cost.

Early on December 7, 1941, the U.S. Pacific Fleet lay at anchor in the tropical waters of the Hawaian Islands, in Pearl Harbor, personnel aboard and ashore enjoying their customary weekend relaxation, many still asleep. At ten minutes to eight the huge fleet came awake suddenly and without warning. The world around them exploded. Within seconds, the harbor became a flaming deathtrap, as Japanese dive and torpedo bombers attacked. Before sailors could comprehend what was happening, bombs and torpedos had ripped out the heart of the fleet. Four of the eight battleships were sunk; a dozen more ships lay stricken and 2,400 men perished.

Robert Taylor's specially-commissioned masterpiece recreates desperate moments during the second wave of the attack at about 9 AM on that fateful morning. Having taken six torpedo hits and two bomb strikes in the first wave's attack on "Battleship Row", the West Virginia is abaze, her bows already low in the water and decks awash. Ignoring the risks, crews push the navy tug Hoga alongside with firefighting equipment and to pick up survivors. Overhead, Japanese Zeros swoop through the smoke, leading the second wave attack on installations on Pearl Harbor's Ford Island, to complete one of history's most devastating unprovoked declarations of war.

Images of this imfamous attack on the American Pacific Fleet as it lay peaceably in Pearl Harbor will become ever more significant as the years go by. They provide visual documentation of the tragedy and are an enduring tribute to both those who survived and those who never saw the sun set on that momentous day in American history. With the personal autographs of men who survived that day to authenticate it, this limted edition print is a living historical treasure that will grow in value.

- THE SIGNATURES -

Lieutenenant John Finn, CMH
Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism during the first attack by Japanese planes on the Naval Air Station at Kaneohe Bay. Finn secured and manned a .50 caliber machine gun mounted in a completely exposed position under heavy machine gun fire from enemy aircraft. Despite being seriously wounded, he continued to man his gun and to return the enemy's fire until being ordered to leave his post to recieve medical treatment. He subsequently insisted on returning to supervise the rearming of three returning PBY aircraft so that they could seek out the Japanese forces.

Machinist's Mate Lyndle Lynch
Lyndle Lynch was aboard the USS Utah, an auxiliary battleship built in 1911 and being used as a gunnery training school. The Utah was hit by two torpedos early in the raid and capsized at 0810. fifty-four men are still entombed in the Utah, which now serves as a war memorial at Pearl Harbor.

Seaman 1st Class Ken Swedburg
Ken Swedburg was serving aboard the vintage four-stack destroyer U.S.S. Ward soputh of Peral Harbor in the early morning of December 7. 1941. At 0645, the Ward fired on and sank a Japanese midget submarine trying to enter the anchorage, the first shots of the war.

Chief Boatswain's Mate Richard Cunningham
Serving on board the battleship USS Arizona, Richard Cunningham was helping tackle the fires on board after the ship was hit by two armor-piercing bombs. At around 0810, a bomb penetrated her forward magazine and the ship exploded with the loss of 1,177 men. Cunningham helped put out the last fires. The Arizona was never recovered and today is a national memorial visiited by thousands of people.

Chief Gunner's Mate John Land
John Land was on the USS Maryland on the morning of December 7. The Maryland - "Old Mary" - was moored alongside the USS Oklahoma when the Oklahoma was hit by nine torpedos and capsized with great loss of life. Land and the crew of the Maryland helped in the subsequent rescue of the men from the overturned vessel.

Chief Machininst Al Fickel
Joining the Navy in 1939, Al Fickel was a seaman serving on the USS Pennsylvania - "Pennsy" - on the morning of December 7. The Pennsylvania was the flagship of the US Pacific Fleet and in drydock at the time of the attack, with her propellers removed. She was hit in the second wave attack at 090. The damage was soon repaired and the Pennsylvania went on to serve with distinction in the Pacific Theater.

Fireman 1st Class Quentin Pyle
Quentin Pyle served on the destroyer USS Bagely at Pearl Harbor. Built in 1938, the Bagley was moored in the Southeast Loch, close to the cruiser USS St. Louis, the only large ship to clear the anchorage during the attack. wounded in the attack, Pyle went on to serve at Midway and in the Coral Sea.

Chief Gunner's Mate Miguel Acuna
Miguel Acuna was serving aboard the repair ship USS Vestal on the morning of December 7. Moored alongside the Arizona to complete scheduled repairs to some of the battleship's equipment, two torpedos passed underneath the Vestal, hitting the Arizona. The repair ship was pulled away from the Arizona's burning wreckage by the tug Hoga.