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The State Presents “South Carolinians in World War II”
Pictured above: State reporter Jeff Wilkinson interviewing NBC News anchor Brian Williams about his friend, Col. Charles P. Murray.
With about 184,000 South Carolinians serving in World War II, and thousands more who moved here after the war, ETV and The State newspaper partnered together to tell the stories of these veterans in their own words. The result is a multi-part documentary series, “South Carolinians in World War II" and a special profile series, "Man and Moment."
Led by The State news reporter Jeff Wilkinson, the production team at Coalpowered Filmworks has captured over 150 first-hand accounts of World War II. With more than 600 of these brave men and women dying each day, it is critical to record oral histories that will otherwise be lost.
Executive producer John Rainey said, "To know what happened in WWII, from those who actually fought and otherwise served--on the ground, in the air and at sea, we must capture their stories now--the stories of those, including the privileged of their generation who went toward the sound of the guns, too, who engaged in what Studs Terkel called the Good War, and at the very basic levels. Otherwise their stories, which tell what really happened in their lives and to their lives, as a result of their selfless sacrifice, will be forever lost."
One of the most recent episodes from "Man and Moment" featured Charles P. Murray, Jr., one of the few South Carolinians to be awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor. America lost one of its great heroes when Col. Murray passed away in 2011, but his story will live on for future generations, as a result of this important partnership between ETV and The State.