About Andrew

Andrew's History
1950: Born on March 30 in Philadelphia, PA. 

1968: Enlisted in the U.S. Army, September. Andrew served as an Infantryman in Vietnam. He later achieved the rank of sergeant E-5 while in Vietnam, serving as a pointman, Grenadier and finally as squad leader. During his service he received 8 decorations including the coveted Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star, Air Medal, 2 Army Commendation Medals and 2 Purple Hearts for wounds received in action with the enemy. 

1973: Andrew began a full time career as a sculptor

1975: Established and served as President of a pewter foundry. This operation grew to support 40 full time employees. 

1995: Sold foundry to pursue a solo career as a Fine Arts Sculptor

Photo; Sgt. Chernak tagged for helicopter medical evacuation for schrapnel wounds. Note rifle hand guard blown off by RPG blast. Photo by Robert Seitz US Army signal corps combat photographer.


Sculptures by Andrew L. Chernak are known for extreme detail and historical accuracy. His sculptures place an emphasis on Preserving American History Through Sculpture

Andrew has sculptures on display at
Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. 
Arlington National Cemetery
National Guard Association Museum
Washington DC
United States Military Academy Museum
West Point
New York
National D-Day Musuem
New Orleans
Los Angeles
Invasion Museum
Normandy, France
Veterans Park
Gettysburg Battlefield
US Army War College
The Union League of Philadelphia
USMC Musuem
Quantico, VA
National Navy
UDT/Seal Museum
Air Force Special Operation Command's Memorial Garden

Significant Projects
Andrew's sculptures have been presented to President Ronald Reagan, President Francois Mitterand of France and over 20 US Senators and Congressmen. 

1991: 199th Light Infantry Brigade Memorial Plaque 
Located on the pathway to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, it is the only Vietnam unit plaque done in classic style of relief artwork. Located at Arlington National Cemetery. 

2006: The US Army Corps of Engineers Memorial
A 9 foot tall bronze statue of the first organized engineer unit of the Revolutionary War. Located at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO 

2006: The Gold Star Mothers Memorial
This life sized bronze statue is the first sculpture of a Gold Star Mother to be created. The statue's raw emotion of grief have drawn families of America's killed in action from across the country 

2008: SP4 Keith Campbell Memorial Plaque
Classic style relief art of the Vietnam Medic in action. Located at the SP4 Keith Campbell Memorial Library, US Army Medical School

2010: Gold Star Mothers Statue
Centerpiece of the Waterbury, Connecticut City Hall

2014: Battlefield Crosses
The Battlefield Crosses, also known as the fallen soldier memorial, have been placed in Veterans Parks, Memorial Halls and places of honor across America. 7 Battlefield Crosses line the front of the memorial grounds at Mount America. 

2015: The Spruance Award
Inaugural presentation by the National Guard Educational Foundation

2016: The First Tear, Global War on Terror Memorial
Sculpture of two life sized soldiers.
Located at CT Trees of Honor Memorial, Veterans Memorial Park, Middletown, CT. 

Preserving American History Through Sculpture