NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The MacArthur Memorial is hosting a free film festival that showcases several unsung heroes of World War II.
The memorial will feature four films over the next four months, with the first playing on Tuesday, August 15.
The first movie Operation Chromite, a South Korean film inspired by a secret intelligence operation that occurred prior to the Battle of Inchon. It stars Liam Neeson as General Douglas MacArthur.
Other upcoming films scheduled are:
- Honor & Sacrifice (September 20) tells the complex story of the Matsumoto family during World War II. Two sons fought for the United States and three fought for the Japanese. The eldest, Hiroshi (Roy), became a decorated American hero while his parents and sisters remained in their family’s ancestral home, Hiroshima.
- Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story (October 18) shares the story of Lt. Col. Edwin P. Ramsey. In 1942, as U.S. and Filipino troops retreated before overwhelming Japanese forces, Ramsey led the last horse cavalry charge in U.S. Army history against Japanese infantry and tanks. He went on to command more than 40,000 guerrilla troops against the Japanese.
- Navajo Code Talkers: In Their Own Words (November 15) tells the story of a group of young men of the Navajo Nation who served with distinction in the USMC during World War II. The communication code created by these young Marines was never broken by the Japanese, giving American troops the upper hand in many battles.
All screenings begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but registration is requested, which you can do by visiting www.macarthurmemorial.org.