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Painted Bust Presentation for WWII Vets

Discussion in 'Figure News' started by Nick Majerus, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. Nick Majerus Well-Known Member

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    I have been donating painted figures to my Regiment’s Annual Reunion (3<sup>rd</sup> Inf. Regt. “The Old Guard”) and to the Oregon Cascade Chapter of the 101<sup>st</sup> Abn. Div. Annual Picnic for the last three years.

    In the Fall of 2010 I learned that the Oregon Cascade Chapter had two “Famous” members—Mr. Don Malarkey and Mr. Bill Wingett, both members of Easy Company 506<sup>th</sup> PIR, “The Band of Brothers”. I decided to paint a figure for each of them. I converted two Young busts for the project

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    Bill Wingett’s figure was presented at a group breakfast.

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    Bill Wingett E Company 506th PIR

    Upon his receiving it, other WWII Vets asked, “Where is ours?” So, I decided to do something for them also. That turned into thirteen more busts! I used a Coree body and a Warrior head to make a new bust that would be easier to paint. For the AAF Vet I had a Legend and Lore bust of Jimmy Stewart.

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    Painted Busts for presentation

    These were presented to the Vets who were present at the picnic.

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    Cliff Brooks, F Company 502nd PIR

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    Dale Harlen E Company 502nd PIR

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    Mike Reuter, 2nd Bn 509th PIR

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    Steve Healy AAF

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    Frank Spiegel, Company F 502nd PIR

    Mr. Don Malarkey celebrated his 90<sup>th</sup> birthday on July 31 and his figure was presented there. Also present that day was “Buck” Compton (The Band of Brothers) and Al Phillips, Company A 377<sup>th</sup> Abn. Arty.

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    Buck Compton & Don Malarkey E Company 506th PIR

    Another Young bust was donated to the picnic raffle and raised $510! Go Airborne!! All proceeds went to the 101<sup>st</sup> Div. charities.

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    Auction bust of Paratrooper

    I think this is a neat way to thank our Vets and you may want to do the same in your area.

    Nick Majerus
    tissibzh, tbolt7, GARRY and 31 others like this.
  2. Guy A Fixture

    Re: Painted Bust Presentation for WWI Vets

    Fantastic thing to do Nick. It sure involved a lot of painting.
  3. SPrimeau Active Member

    Re: Painted Bust Presentation for WWI Vets

    This is great Nick! Thanks for sharing these pictures.
  4. captnenglish Well-Known Member

    What an outstanding idea!
  5. Kreston Active Member

    That is just fantastic!
  6. Anders Heintz Well-Known Member

    Way to go Nick. Excellent way of honoring our Vet's through figures. Excellent!
  7. Ventress Well-Known Member

    Outstanding tribute to these outstanding Gentlemen!!
  8. FigureLover A Fixture

    I bet those vets loved what you did. Very generous of you to go out of your way and paint up all the busts.
  9. Joseph Brubaker New Member

    What a great gesture Sir for Great men who served this country so that we can live they way we live today,thank you for your time in Honoring them,thank you for your post and pictures...............Joseph
  10. PHIL WALDEN Member

    mate what you are doing is some think very special, just to see the faces of those once young men...you have done them proud..
    thanks for the pic's cobber...Phil.
  11. Nick Majerus Well-Known Member

    Guy, Scott, Matthew, Kreston, Anders, Rob, Ben, Joseph, Phil, and all who posted a "Like", thank you for your comments. I wished I could have been there for the presentation, but the pictures with the smile on their faces was well worth the time and effort to do this.

    Nick Majerus
  12. housecarl A Fixture

    Congratulations on a job well done Nick.
  13. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

    Bravo Nick, Bravo!! (y)(y) :cool:

    This kind of thing defines where our hobby meets living history!

  14. kagemusha A Fixture

    Outstanding achievement Nick. Congratulations to you and the surviving recipients for a job well done.


  15. pmfs A Fixture

    Do you know this?...

    Great gesture Nick, this heroes deserve everything good because what they did for our society.(y)
    Talking about "easy" here´s link about project of a little boy from USA, he want to collect much money as possible selling his bracelets for these heroes have a memorial in St.Marie du Mont little French town one of many liberate of Nazi hands by "easy company".
    With this selfless gesture this boy just want to sell bracelets to earn much money for is dream becomes a reality and the honor and courage of these heroes will never be forgotten.
    I have mine for sometime the bracelet costs only 1 dollar and is tax-deductible, PLEASE see the link does not cost anything to you and can make a difference, think about that!;)
  16. sd0324 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Good on you Nick,what a great thing you have done. Hope to see you in Chicago.
  17. Dan Morton A Fixture

    What an outstanding thing to do, Nick! Waytogo! (y)(y)(y)

    All the best,
  18. pgarri27 Well-Known Member

    You are a Great American to honor all those other Great Americans.
  19. megroot A Fixture

    Great idea.
    Great presentation to the vets....

  20. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Way to go Nick!

    Jay H.

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