Original Portrait of Sgt. Sam Avery by Jack Skinner

1st Sgt. Samuel Avery, Hdq. Co., 103rd Inf., 26th “Yankee” Division

It has long been my desire to have an original painted portrait of my great-uncle Sam to accompany the book project which is a companion to this website. I turned to my colleague, friend and skilled New England artist Jack Skinner to assist in this endeavor. Over nearly two years, Jack rendered this astonishing work in acrylic paint based on some old photos and painstaking historical research.

This work pictures 1st Sgt. Sam Avery seated in front of the door to a French farmhouse in the Vosges region of France, his Springfield 1903 rifle propped behind him. On the front of Sam’s uniform blouse can be seen ribbons for the World War I Victory Medal with 5 Campaign Stars and the Mexican Border Campaign. Below the ribbons is the Sharpshooter’s Medal. On the left sleeve is found the 26th Division’s “YD” shoulder patch, 1st Sergeant’s chevrons, and Overseas Service Stripes (1 for every 6 months overseas) along with a “Sammy Star”  indicating Sam’s arrival among the first 100,000 AEF troops in France. In Sam’s lap is shown his M1917 helmet bearing the 103rd Infantry helmet mark.

Click here to discover other captivating original artwork by Jack Skinner available at FineArtAmerica.com.

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  1. Sam’s portrait is fantastic what a wonderful addition to the “Soldiers Mail” site. Can’t wait to hear more about his book, when might it be possibly available to the public?..Donna

  2. That is an awesome portrait. Great job!

  3. Great Portrait,
    It reminds me of something George McKenzie of Co. K, 101st Inf, 26 YD told me…(he was 102 at the time). Paraphrasing, he said “…we brought our YD patches to Cootie Mary and she sewed them on when we first got them in France. She was doing our sewing and repairs over there”.
    You can imagine how she got that name handling all uniforms.


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