Kyle Chandler, the Emmy Award-Winning star of NBC’s Friday Night Lights (Head Football Coach Eric Taylor) will be lending his incredible talents to the 15th documentary film from the World War II Foundation titled “War Journal: The Incredible WWII Escape of Major Damon “Rocky” Gause.”
Chandler will lend his talents as the voice of William Lloyd Osborne, an American Air Corps Captain who in WWII, with Damon “Rocky” Gause, escaped from the Philippines and the Japanese in a 20-foot leaky fishing boat.
The two flyers travelled 52 days and 3,200 miles from Mindoro, Philippines to Wyndham, Australia.
They both were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for their exploits, the 2nd highest award given to a soldier next to the Medal of Honor.
Tom Kane, voice of the Academy Awards, will voice Damon “Rocky” Gause, while 2-time Daytime Emmy Award winner Chandler Massey will narrate the film.
The story of Damon “Rocky” Gause:
The award-winning World War II Foundation, in collaboration with the family of the late Damon “Rocky” Gause, is pleased to announce plans for a one-hour HD documentary film to chronicle the story of Georgia native Gause’s incredible escape from the Japanese in WWII.
“With the blessing of Rocky’s widow, Ruth Gause Carter, we are privileged to be able to start the process of putting this documentary film together,” said Tim Gray, Chairman of the non-profit World War II Foundation. “The story is one of the most incredible of the Second World War and needs to be shared with a national television audience,” said Gray.
The World War II Foundation has produced 11 WWII documentary films to date, winning both regional Emmy Awards for their work and two recent international awards from the Indie Film Fest. The WWII Foundation was one of just five organizations recognized with a National Programming Excellence Award in 2013 by American Public Television.
All of the foundation’s films air nationally on PBS affiliates across the country. Some narrators of past WWII Foundation films include: Dan Aykroyd, Damian Lewis, Dale Dye and Tom Kane.
A trailer for the Gause film, tentatively titled War Journal: The Incredible Journey of Damon “Rocky” Gause, can be viewed at: www.wwiifoundation.org.
“We are in the fundraising stage right now,” said Gray. “It’s too important a story not to tell. Having just come back from filming in the Philippines, on Corregidor and the route of the Bataan Death March, I can tell you it’s just amazing what Rocky was able to do and that doesn’t even begin to tell the rest of the story of his run through the Philippine islands and his escape to Australia.
To me, Rocky Gause represents all the sacrifices made and the determination behind the WWII generation in America. I could not put the book down when I read it.”