In Washington, DC tonight Tim Gray Media & The World War II Foundation, in partnership with The American Veterans Center in Arlington, VA, was awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Historical Documentary Program (Doolittle’s Raiders: A Final Toast) from the Washington, DC/Capital Region Emmy Chapter.
It’s the 4th Emmy Award this month for TGM/WWII Foundation films.
Earlier this month, TGM/WWII Foundation documentary films took home Emmy’s in Outstanding Documentary, Outstanding Writer and Outstanding Music Composition (Roger Cichy) from the Boston/New England Emmy Awards competition.
“We dedicate tonight’s Emmy Award in honor of Doolittle Raider David Thatcher who passed away this week,” said Tim Gray, Producer, Writer and Director of the Doolittle film. “With David’s passing, only 101 year old Dick Cole is still alive from the original 80 men who took part in the April 18, 1942 raid on Tokyo led by famed pilot Jimmy Doolittle,” Gray continued.
Cole was Doolittle’s co-pilot on the secret raid carried out by 16 American B-25 bombers and launched off the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in rough seas.
“I want to thank our editor Jim Karpeichik for his outstanding work on this film,” Gray said.
“Cameraman Geoff Doyle and his DC based crew did amazing work in Washington as we followed the remaining Raiders around the area during one of their previous visits to the area. Tim Holbert of the American Veterans Center and his boss, Jim Roberts were the driving forces behind this project, as was Richard Dressner. They were all amazing to work with throughout.
We all especially want to thank the Doolittle Raiders family for allowing us to share their story in a different way than had already been done previously,” said Gray.
“We get to speak with heroes every day and that is reward enough,” Gray concluded.