In January of 1968, while on deployment as part of the Marine Corps Combat Art Program, Howard Terpning was on patrol with a group of Marines in the area of Hoi An, a town about twelve miles south of Da Nang, when the patrol was ambushed in the sand dunes by the Viet Cong.
Following the ambush, Howard created a series of paintings and drawings of the Bravo 3 (CAP Unit) reaction and encirclement of the Viet Cong. Moving Up, the best-known image of the group, depicts a grenadier and rifleman maneuvering across a dune to get into a better firing position during the counter-attack. The image was published as a print, most likely known only to Marines (or in my case, sons of Marines). My father hung it in his home office as do I in mine today. The print is one of my most prized possessions.
On September 11th , Howard Terpning will be inducted into the Marine Corps Combat Artist Hall of Fame at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia. “Go to war. Do art” is the driving rule of the Marine Corps Combat Art program.