KCET Airs 'Honor Bound: A Personal Journey,' a Documentary That Highlights the Courageous 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the U.S. Army During World War II

Burbank, CA - October 29, 2012 -
Kicking off its Veteran's Day programming line-up, KCET
, the nation's
largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central
invites viewers to tune-in to the feature-length
documentary, Honor Bound: A Personal
Monday, Nov. 5
9 p.m.


Bound: A Personal Journey
is the story of Wendy Hanamura, a news reporter, who chronicles the history of
her father, Sergeant Howard Hanamura, and his military unit: Company L, First
Platoon, of the highly decorated yet controversial 442nd Regiment of the U.S.
Army. These Japanese-American soldiers fought with legendary courage during
World War II, while their families were forced into internment camps at home.


This award-winning
documentary follows Wendy and Howard
throughout Europe, where they
retrace the steps of the 442nd along their barnstorming tour. Sgt. Hanamura and
his fellow soldiers detail their battles, the hardships of wartime travel as
well as life as a Japanese American during WWII. Their stories flesh out a
harrowing time for Japanese Americans, which was during a highly anti-Japanese
era in the United States. Veterans also recount the 442nd's rescue of the
"Lost Battalion", an operation the Army calls one of the top ten
battles of all time.


Also make sure to tune in to special
Veteran's Day programs on Sunday, Nov.

Defending the Homeland: Native
Americans in the United States Armed Forces,
1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.: This
documentary tells the stories of Native Americans who have participated in the
US mili­tary, from the American Revolution to present day Iraq. It will
showcase their emotional battles both overseas as warriors and at home as

California at War (2 p.m. - 3 p.m.): Discover how World War II impacted California more than
any other state. This documentary connects California's past to its present and
will reveal that many of the opportunities and challenges of today are rooted
from WWII.

Tragedy of Bataan (3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.): Narrated by Alec Baldwin, this program chronicles the
fall of the Philippines and the Bataan Death March in the early months of World
War II. It contains first-account interviews with over twenty former sur­vivors,
several unpublished diaries, rare photos and drawings and never before seen
Japanese propaganda film footage.

Angle of Attack (3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.): Uncover the 100-year history of Naval aviation. The
two-hour documentary deftly interweaves archival footage, interviews with
historical and military experts, contemporary footage of cutting-edge aircraft
and insights from today's Top Gun fighter pilots in the Marine Corps and Navy.

44nd: Live with Honor, Die with
(10:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.): This film shares the unsung heroism of the 442 Regiment,
formed in 1942 from "Nis­ei" (second-generation) Japanese in internment camps
and officers discharged from the U.S. Army subsequent to Pearl Harbor. Sen.
Daniel Inoue and actor/activist George Takei appear.


On-air, online and in the
community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment
of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning
local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around
the world. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody
Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time nightly
television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern
California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major
awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its
national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and
children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website,
kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional
information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming
schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.


# # #





Story continues below

Keep Reading