World War II Experience: Season 2

World War II Experience: Season 2

Season II continues the story of World War II experience from the veteran point of view. In this season, we focus on the Pacific Theatre. Stories include a Marine that stormed the beaches in the pacific, the Bataan Death March, one of the first woman marines, and the experience of a Gay Merchant Marine and the founding of the Alexander Hamilton brigade of the American Foreign Legion.

World War II Experience: Season 2
  • Aldo Giannini: Pacific Theater

    Directed by John Giannini

    Aldo Giannini fought in the Battle of Tarawa, endured a shrapnel injury, and witnessed the loss of 3,250 U.S. lives. Nearly eight decades later, he wonders if winning the island was worth the price.

  • Bataan Death March

    Directed by Jesse Collier Sutterley

    Within hours of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, bombs rained down on U.S. and Filipino forces in the Philippines. After months of vicious fighting, Allied forces surrendered on the island only to be met with a brutal march to P.O.W. camps dotted across th...

  • Remembering Port Chicago

    Directed by Alexander Zane Irwin

    In California's Bay Area, a painful memory lingers of the Port Chicago disaster of WWII, when hundreds of the Navy's first Black Sailors perished, and the White officers in charge were protected by the chain of command.

  • Merchant Marine Paul Goercke and the Alexander Hamilton Post

    Directed by Alexander Zane Irwin

    While Merchant Marine veteran Paul Goercke rests with his family in his plot at the Golden Gate National Cemetery, he is survived and remembered by his pioneering American Legion Post 448, the only predominantly LGBTQ post in the nation.

  • Adele Shimanoff: U.S. Marine

    Directed by Hannah Anderson

    In 1945, Adele, with the energetic support of her family, joins the U.S. Marine Corps, as part of the large influx of women in the military. This short film tells her story. This series tells the story of World War Two from the veteran point of view. Subjects includ...