KCET Commemorates Veterans Day with a Special Line-Up of Documentaries in November | KCET
KCET Commemorates Veterans Day with a Special Line-Up of Documentaries in November
Maggie's War: A True Story of Courage, Leadership, &
Valor in WWII - Monday, Nov. 4 at 9 p.m.
James Megellas, affectionately known as
"Maggie," led H-Company of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment
through some of the most horrific battles and deadliest missions of World War
II, including the Battle of Anzio, Operation Market Garden and the Battle of
the Bulge. Maggie's War chronicles
the evolution of a citizen into a fearless platoon leader, and the
transformation of a young man into the most highly decorated officer in the
history of the famed 82nd Airborne Division. Seven decades later, cameras
follow Megellas, now a retired Lieutenant Colonel, on an emotional return to
Europe with a small group of family, friends and 82nd Airborne veterans.
Together they visit old battlefields and war memorials and encounter Dutch citizens
still grateful for their sacrifice.
Killing Memories - Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.
follows five American war veterans who served together in Vietnam 40 years ago
as they reunite to tour battlefields, meet former enemies and confront ghosts
of their past. Though the film is focused on overcoming old wounds, it
resonates loudly in the present, as America continues fighting wars and sending
her children into battle.
Ted Bell and the Ridge - Friday, Nov. 8 at 9:30 p.m.
Retired Col. Ted Bell became The Citadel's
most decorated World War II veteran for his valor in holding a rugged ridge on
the Pacific island of Okinawa. But the
deaths of so many of his men in his Easy Company of the 77th Infantry Division
weighed on his mind as the decades passed. Holding the place near Ishimmi Ridge
over a tortuous three days of combat proved to be a decisive moment in the war
in the Pacific, puncturing a hole in the Japanese's Shuri Line and clearing the
way for the United States to win the island and use it for the planned invasion
of Japan. Two months later, Japan surrendered after the bombing of Hiroshima
We Served Too: The Story of the Women's Air Force - Saturday, Nov. 9 at 4
This is a story of a group of young,
determined and courageous women during World War II who broke through barriers
and shattered stereotypes: the Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs). They
were the first women pilots to ever fly for the United States military.
However, after an aggressive campaign by male pilots who wanted the WASPs jobs
during World War II, they were the only wartime unit that was denied military
status by Congress and were sent home before the war was over and their job was
done. Because the women were denied military status, the WASPs received no
insurance or benefits during or after the war, and if a WASP died during
training or while on a mission, their families were not allowed to put a
service star in the window, nor could the WASPs receive a military burial. It
wasn't until the middle of the 1970s that they would be recognized as World War
II veterans, and it wasn't until 2010, that the United States government would
recognize those women who died during their service and the surviving WASPs
would receive the congressional gold medal. We Served Too provides a firsthand account from WASPs who tell
their story and discuss their experiences during the three pivotal periods that
make up the WASP history. WASP experts and family members also share their
personal stories and expert knowledge.
The Last Ridge - Monday, Nov. 11 at 9 p.m.
On a freezing winter night in February 1945, the U.S.
Army's 10th Mountain Division accomplished the impossible: they scaled a
2,000-foot cliff in northern Italy to knock the seemingly invincible Germans from
their impenetrable perch. The Last Ridge
recounts the remarkable story of the legendary 10th Mountain Division, whose
extraordinary efforts turned the tide for the Allied forces in Italy,
revolutionized winter mountain warfare abroad, transformed winter sports and
inspired an entire generation of soldiers. Narrated by National Public Radio's
Scott Simon, the documentary traces the 10th Mountain Division's history: from
their uphill battles in World War II to their current campaigns in troubled
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