Vanishing Generation

When this documentary was produced, sixty years had passed since the end of World War II, and the last of the South Carolina veterans who fought against the Empire of Japan and Nazi Germany were dying at an alarming rate. Soon their living memories of will be gone and World War II will simply become another chapter in history. The Vanishing Generation is a powerful visualization of the first-hand accounts of World War II by South Carolina veterans. These personal remembrances tell the story of what these men experienced, and how it not only changed the world but their lives as well. 

Closed captioning has been provided for this broadcast program.

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Military Collections - Teacher Resources
Military Collections - Teacher Resources

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Veterans Day is observed on November 11 each year. Armed Forces Day is celebrated the third Saturday in May to honor Americans serving in the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S...
Vanishing Generation, Part 1 - Introduction
Vanishing Generation, Part 1 - Introduction

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World War II is the most important event of the 20th Century. It changed everything. Fifty million people died in World War II, including 405,000 Americans. The United States became a world power, the...
Vanishing Generation, Part 2 - Race
Vanishing Generation, Part 2 - Race

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World War II occurred during the 1940s when segregation was still the norm in America. The African Americans who fought were in a segregated army even overseas in England. One of the reasons the...
Vanishing Generation, Part 3 - Boxer
Vanishing Generation, Part 3 - Boxer

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Don Ziglar, U.S.S. Yorktown Quartermaster, recalls Japanese fighter planes coming toward the Yorktown. The captain was out on the wing of the bridge, at the starboard side. The bridge wasn't big...
Vanishing Generation, Part 4 - Prisoner of War
Vanishing Generation, Part 4 - Prisoner of War

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Tom Grove, prisoner of war survivor, recalls the Battle of the Bulge, and says that is where he got his first combat injury. He was taken prisoner that day, after a German tank pulled up in front of...
Vanishing Generation, Part 5 - One Mo' Time
Vanishing Generation, Part 5 - One Mo' Time

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Russell Meyne, B-17 pilot, says, "But Pearl Harbor, of course, was one about 4-hour period," and he didn't get hit, didn't get shot..."there was no continuity to it...the beginning and end was right...
Vanishing Generation, Part 6 - Red Ball Express
Vanishing Generation, Part 6 - Red Ball Express

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Major C. "Buck" Wiley recalls the Red Ball Express, loading up "all those 250 trucks...with ammunition...take them to the front...gasoline...and then when it started snowing, and when the Battle of...
Vanishing Generation, Part 7 - Okinawa
Vanishing Generation, Part 7 - Okinawa

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Tee Senn, cryptologist, speaks of the tank battles, about the reality, not TV, and seeing a tank explode. "...For years...you wake up...it gets to you...it's something that you don't ever want to have...
Vanishing Generation, Part 8 - Liberated
Vanishing Generation, Part 8 - Liberated

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Tom Grove, prisoner of war survivor, tells the story of being in his second prison camp, and hearing bombing way off in the distance, and how the noise of artillery got louder and closer, along with...
Vanishing Generation, Part 9 - Heroes
Vanishing Generation, Part 9 - Heroes

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Veterans of World War II reflect on whether they should be considered heroes or not. One says he happened to be over there, and he volunteered to go to Hawaii, but they didn't know the war would come...