Brainerd, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A Brainerd family recently learned that a portrait of their father and grandfather is hanging in the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and now they are planning a trip to see the work of art.
World War Two veteran air man, Staff Sergeant Roy Schellin, earned the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart for his part in shooting down two enemy fighters during a 1943 air battle over France.
“On a mission over Le Bourget, France, July 14, 1943, a 20 millimeter shell shot away half the ball turret, wounding Sergeant Shellin in 20 places, rendering his right arm useless," the Air Force Pentagon said.
"He continued to operate the turret and both 50 caliber guns with his left arm and shot down two enemy fighters,” they added.
Schellin's family was unaware that the 1944 painting, honoring his heroism, was on display in Washington. Sergeant Schellin died in 2012.
Now the family plans to make a trip this summer to see the portrait that was painted by prominent painter Charles Baskerville.
The painting has been hanging in the Pentagon as part of a collection for many years but the family just found out recently.