The United States Marine Corps War Memorial represents this nation's gratitude to Marines and those who have fought beside them. Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press caught the afternoon flag-raising in an iconic photograph that eventually won a Pulitzer Prize. The ultimate memorial is thirty-two-foot high figures raising a 60-foot bronze flagpole. The flag flies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by presidential proclamation.
Gunny Wolf, creator of SemperToons adopted the Iwo Jima as his signature piece right after September 11th, 2001. "The iconic image of the Iwo Jima has always struck a chord with me as an artist and a United States Marine. I have always respected the power of the emotion, the angles showing effort, and the balance of the entire image."
Gunny reflects, "over the years, I have been honored to present my Iwo Jima illustration to 5,000 + amazing Marines and families." A special presentation included Medal of Honor winner Hershel Woodrow "Woody" Williams.
Williams (born October 2, 1923) is a retired United States Marine Corps warrant officer who received the United States military's highest decoration for valor—the Medal of Honor—for heroism above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. Williams is the only living Medal of Honor recipient from World War II.
Other amazing Marine moments include Jack Maas Detachment Commandant Bruce Mogensen 2021 (1st image) and Devildog Marine Chuck Thomas at Zia Detachment 850 New Mexico (2nd image). Gunny was honored by the Leatherneck Magzine for creating the cover celebrating the 75th anniversary of Iwo Jima.
Gunny is excited to offer his 11x14 matted Iwo Jima illustration for the holidays. For your personal autographed Iwo Jima, or to gift one to a friend, please order below.