The artist George Biddle (b 1885, d 1973), while in Italy with the US 3rd Division, wrote
I wish the people at home, instead of thinking of their boys in terms of football stars, would think of them in terms of miners trapped underground or suffocating to death in a tenth-story fire. I wish they would think of them as cold, wet, hungry, homesick and frightened. I wish, when they think of them, they would be a little sick to their stomachs.I agree with the sentiment expressed. Stuff all the rhetoric about glory, freedom, heroes, patriots. I expect our young men and women, who are stuck in a crappy war, in constant danger, would much rather have a good night's sleep, a cold Coca-Cola, and a meal without sand than a medal. I hope we can get them all home safely soon.
The painting is George Biddle's "Dead Civilians."