The Big Red One on D-Day 1944: In Story and Art


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“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” — General George Patton

Captions for the thumbnail photos above (under the cover image):

[Photo of Keith Rocco in front of mural]: Keith Rocco in front of a section of his June 6 mural.

[Painting of Jimmie Monteith]: 1st Lieutenant Jimmie W. Monteith Jr. was one of three men awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.

[Painting of invasion beach with Medic Ray Lambert in the foreground]: This intense scene shows a section of Omaha Beach where Medic Ray Lambert (in the foreground) was wounded twice while saving soldiers before he passed out. Rocco interviewed Lambert to get the scene as accurate as possible.

[Painting of the all-Black 320th BBB]: 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, the only African American unit in the first wave at Omaha Beach.

[2 Paintings of more troops arriving on June 7]: The second mural Rocco painted shows more troops arriving on June 7 (right), including journalist Ernie Pyle (left).

Featuring the art of Keith Rocco who recently finished 2 new huge wall murals at the First Division Museum in Cantigny Park outside of Chicago.

Dozens of color paintings, hundreds of images, including additional illustrations done by Rocco for this book.

In images and words this new book honors the courage of the men of the Big Red One (BRO) at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944, and the following day. Keith’s meticulous research, aided by the museum staff, archives, and artifacts of the First Infantry Division Museum enabled him to produce large, detailed landscapes and portraits that capture the incredible action of these two fateful days.

112 pages, hardcover. Format: 8-1/2″ x 11″.

Available November 2023. Please email: to receive updates on this title and our newest releases.