Posts Tagged ‘Vets

05
Jun
09

The Americans On D-Day Video Review by American Legion

The American Legion endorses new film on Normandy, $5 for each DVD sold goes toward disabled Vets through post 43 in Hollywood.

The American Legion endorses new
film on Normandy, $5 for each
DVD sold goes toward disabled Vets
through post 43 in Hollywood.

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17
Mar
09

World War Two Tail Gunner Recalls Bombing Mission On D-Day

 

B-24 most produced during World War II

B-24 most mass produced during World War II

WW2-Reflections, a division of Labyrinth
Media & Publishing Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland
plans to show the battle tour film to American
Legion Post #43 in Hollywood on April 27th. 

Northridge, CA - When we flew over the English Channel, there were a million ships in the water, and I have yet to meet any of those guys who were on those ships,”  said 85-year old retired U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Morton (Mort) Schecter, Northridge, CA, who flew as a United States Army Air Forces tail gunner in a B-24 Liberator warplane, the most produced U.S. military aircraft during World War II. He was assigned to the 467th Bomb Crew and 791st Bomb Squadron in England. “I’m lucky to still be here,” he said.
Schecter, who flew 35 missions out of England, is amongst the American Veteran heroes, who flew on D-Day June 6, 1941. Schecter and his son plan to attend the premiere showing of the new battle tour film The Americans on D-Day, Monday, 7:00 p.m. (Cocktails 6:00 - 7:00 pm), Cabaret Room, American Legion Post #43, 2035 N Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA., 90068.
 “We were never shot down, but we did crash-land with six 1,000 pound bombs on board. We flew the first mission on D-Day and bombed at 3:30 in the morning, and it was the easiest mission, because we never saw any fighters or opposition. Then on June 8th, two days later, we went to Germany, we couldn’t drop our bombs due to a malfunction. When we aborted the mission, we returned, but the plane landed on its belly in the field after the landing gear struts broke. We landed with the bombs onboard, which did not go off. So I’m still here, he said.”
Schecter said he had an angel on his shoulder that day, and still has his list of the missions he flew. “Actor Jimmy Stewart was in our division, and he flew 28 missions. He entered the service as a buck private and when he died he was a General,” he said.
This is WW2-Reflections’ first tour film for its parent company, Labyrinth Media & Publishing Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland. Labyrinth specializes in WW II battlefield tour DVDS for the U.S. Market.
“We are thrilled to have the chance to recognize American Heroes of D-Day this year, on the 65th Anniversary of Normandy, and what better place to do it than at the historical American Legion Post 43 building," said Producer and Director Richard Lanni, WW2-Reflections, Dublin, Ireland. 
"The Americans on D-Day" -- which will be on sale Online in April -- makes extensive use of smart graphics and veterans' recollections, as well as invaluable assistance from Dale Dye, a retired U.S. Marine captain who founded Warriors Inc., which specializes in training actors for war-themed film and television productions.
"'The Americans on D-Day" provides an exciting insight into one of the most pivotal events of the 20th century," Dye said. "I'm really proud to have a hand in this effort to provide a foxhole-level view of what happened in Normandy on June 6, 1944.
"I've seen a lot of tour videos that purport to give viewers an insight into what gallant Americans endured and accomplished on D-Day, but this one really hits the mark," Dye said.
Ellwood von Seibold, battlefield guide of "The Americans on D-Day," donning American and sometimes German uniforms, hops into an early model Army Jeep much like Gen. George Patton rode in, to show viewers what soldiers endured in one of America's bloodiest battles.
"If you can't afford a trip to tour the battlefields of Normandy, just get a copy of 'The Americans on D-Day' and you'll get a stirring look at events that changed the course of World War II in Europe," said Dye, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran who lives in Los Angeles and has worked with Tom Hanks and other celebrities on award-winning productions including "Band of Brothers" and "Saving Private Ryan."
The production crew shot its first interview in 2007 with Howard Manoian, a veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne who landed in Normandy on D-Day and returned many years later to live in the country that he helped liberate.
 
"With the addition of archive footage and stills we have turned this interview into a short biographical documentary under the title of 'A Soldier's Journey,' which we also hope to launch for the 65th anniversary," Lanni said.
  

Howard Monian will be honored by the French Govenment this summer.
manoian was recently named a recipient of the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the French government. He will be presented with the award in June at St. Mere Eglise, where U.S. paratroopers suffered heavy losses during the Normandy invasion.

Howard Monian 


Veterans who would like to RSVP to the event on April 27, 2009 need to call 323-851-3030 and leave your name, your city and phone number. Media must RSVP with MAYO 818-340-5300.
[Editor's note: EPK DVD with extras like uniforms and weapons used are available upon request. For more information contact Aida Mayo or George Mc Quade, call 818-340-5300, or email: Publicity@mayocommunications.com or visit: www.mayocommunications.com. 
(Press Clips are available at: 
http://www.ww2-reflections.com/the-americans-on-d-day-press.html)  
(EPK at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJIjD-MaRJw&feature=channel_page) 
02
Feb
09

ww2-reflections to launch film honoring americans on d-day

New Film on 65th Anniversary
of D-Day Coming

Image by Mike Forster
 
WW2-Reflections, a division of Labyrinth Media & Publishing Ltd. of Dublin Chooses MAYO Communications for PR

Americans on D-Day Trailer


MAYO Communications, a full service entertainment and public relations agency based in Los Angeles, has been retained to promote “The Americans on D-Day.” It Is the first battlefield tour film of WW2-Reflections, a division of Labyrinth Media & Publishing Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland. Labyrinth specializes in WW2 battlefield tour DVDs for the U.S. market. "The Americans on D-Day" coincides with the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the Normandy invasion. The film's presenter, Ellwood von Seibold, tells the story with smart graphics and extensive use of veterans' recollections, as well as invaluable assistance from Dale Dye, a retired U.S. Marine captain who founded Warriors, Inc. – which specializes in training actors for war-themed film and television productions. Dye was in France preparing for his forthcoming production, "No Better Place to Die." "We are thrilled that he has supported this tour film," Producer Richard Lanni said. "We wanted to show a snapshot of that 'Day of Days' through the individual soldier's eye," Lanni said. "Ellwood, who is an incredible 62-years-old, put on all the different uniforms, allowed himself to be suspended on a rope ladder over a cliff, ran out of the freezing water on Omaha Beach at 6.30 a.m., crawled through hedgerows and shinned up trees." The production shot its first interviews in 2007 with Howard Manoian, a veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne who landed in Normandy on D-Day and returned many years later to live in the country that he helped liberate. "With the addition of archive footage and stills we have turned this interview into a short biographical documentary under the title of 'A Soldier's Journey,' which we also hope to launch for the 65th anniversary," Lanni said. Ellwood von Seibold talks about the battlefield tour film ,

The Docudrama or tour film, which is about 45 minutes in length should be available in April. We are looking forward to having  direct sales to the public using Amazon Filmbaby.com and our own company website, ww2-reflections.com. 
The big kickoff and launch of The Americans on D-Day in April, which be just in time ahead of the 65th anniversary celebrations.

(Clips available at: ww2-reflections.com) Manoian was recently named a recipient of the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government. He will be presented with the award in June at St. Mere Eglise, where U.S. paratroopers suffered heavy losses during the Normandy invasion. For more about MAYO Communications contact Aida Mayo or George Mc Quade call 818-340-5300, or email: Publicity@mayocommunications.com or visit: www.mayocommunications.com.