February 29, 2016-Kingston, Rhode Island-The Non-profit World War II Foundation is pleased to announce that its 17th World War II documentary film, Remember Pearl Harbor, will be a part of the official commemoration events recognizing the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into World War II in 1941.
The documentary film, narrated by veteran Hollywood actor Tom Selleck, chronicles the personal stories of veterans and citizens who were a part of and witnessed the surprise attack by the Japanese on the American Pacific Fleet on December 7, 1941, launching the United States into World War II.
Among the interviews are segments featuring three of the seven remaining USS Arizona survivors, including Raymond Haerry of West Warwick, RI. Almost half of those killed on December 7th, 1941 were aboard the USS Arizona (1,177 of the 2,335 who died). The Premiere will be hosted by former Good Morning America anchor David Hartman and be shown in front of the remaining survivors of the USS Arizona, as well as other WWII veterans, survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack and other guests.
“It’s an honor for one of our film premieres to be included as an official event by the 75th anniversary committee now in the process of planning the events at Pearl Harbor,” said Tim Gray, Chairman of the World War II Foundation. “The real honor however has been gathering the interviews of those veterans who witnessed the attack, especially aboard the Arizona, as well as civilians who also have lent an intriguing perspective to December 7th, 1941,” Gray continued. The WWII Foundation also spent time filming at Pearl Harbor and that will be utilized in the film.
“To date we’ve interviewed some 11 individuals involved in Pearl Harbor and also obtained a rare interview with Mitsuo Fuchida, the Japanese flight commander who led the planes into Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941,” Gray said. “Fuchida did not give many interviews after the war and died in 1976. In 1965 he made a special trip to see the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor and we were able to obtain that video as well,” Gray said. “The film is not focused on the strategy of that day, that has already been dissected over the decades, but rather the personal stories of those who were there,” said Gray.
Remember Pearl Harbor will debut nationally on PBS affiliates around the country next December. World War II Foundation films rank in the top 5 of most requested programs nationally by PBS stations.