We Gotta Get Out of This Place
Special Thanks

The experience depicted in the painting, "We Gotta Get Out of This Place", was universal in Vietnam. Although the actual servicemen depicted in the painting are U.S. Army soldiers, this could have been any unit in the field; grunts, Marines, LRRPs, or special forces. And as it would happen, the story of a Marine would would play an important role in the process of this piece of art.

Butch Meilinger

The artist met Butch Meilinger at "Operation Homecoming" in Branson, MO in the summer of 2005 while selling, Brotherhood of the Ribbon, which was the official Limited Edition Print for the event. "Every time I saw Butch he was dragging another one of his buddies over to my table where I was selling prints", Britt recalls. The artist and Butch stayed in touch over the months afterward.

Once, when sharing a possible idea for his next painting, Britt remembers that Butch, fell silent on the phone. Then he responded, "That was exactly the way I left Vietnam." Meilinger was wounded in an ambush with the Viet Cong, on Hill 761 near Dak To. Due to low ceiling and monsoon rains, the Huey MED/EVAC helicopter couldn't make it in. The wounded Marine was carried five hours down the steep slopes until they reached a suitable landing zone at the base. Little did Butch know at the time that his story would confirm the subject of the painting.

Special thanks to Anthony "Butch" Meilinger who made it home, finally, in one piece. He is a Pro Staff Member for Horton, the world's oldest and largest crossbow manufacturer. Butch holds the world record for the largest lion, the 2nd largest leopard, and the 10th largest impala taken with a crossbow. He is a professional hunting and fishing guide. Visit www.huntwithbutch.com.

Army Aviation Heritage Foundation

The Huey UH-1D that appears in the painting was drawn from photographs taken while the combat veteran aircraft, 624, Lucky Star, was flown in position and flared to create the exact attitude and angle needed for the art. Lucky Star is owned and maintained by the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation, and was generously made available on five separate occasions for this painting. Visit www.armyav.org/ for more information on the activities of Army Aviation Heritage Foundation.