Monday, May 26, 2008

With the Marines at Tarawa

Coffee Coffee and More Coffee has inspired me to watch With the Marines at Tarawa in honor of Memorial Day:
That 18 minute film, With the Marines at Tarawa won the 1945 Oscar for Best Documentary short subject. Two marines in the photographic unit died filming the battle, while Captain Hayward, who was on the beach as well, was awarded the Bronze Star. For me, it seems more appropriate to remember Louis Hayward on Memorial Day, than to watch war films starring actors who chose to stay at home.

Louis Hayward was a British actor (The Man in the Iron Mask, And Then There Were None) who enlisted in the marines after Pearl Harbor and served in the photographic unit documenting the war.

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