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ETV and The State Newspaper Present "South Carolinians in World War II: A World War”

For Immediate Release
October 30, 2012

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World War II veterans share their riveting war stories in the newest installment in South Carolinians in World War II series, premiering Thursday, November 8 at 9:00 p.m. on ETV.

Amid the millions involved in WWII, approximately 184,000 were from South Carolina and more soldiers moved to the Palmetto State after the war.  ETV and The State newspaper have partnered together to help tell the story of these veterans in this documentary series.

The fifth program in this Emmy nominated series, “A World War,” begins with our veterans in Europe hearing the news of German surrender and completes the harrowing journey of Lou Fowler as he escapes from a German POW camp. The episode then turns its attention back to the Pacific, years earlier. We hear first person accounts from soldiers, soldiers’ wives and children who witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor and the destruction left days after. An additional section focuses on Clemson, which graduated more officers into the military than any other institution except Texas A&M.

Among the 34 WWII Veterans and military family members featured in this fifth episode are:

Pat Kirby of Columbia - Kirby’s father was stationed at Pearl Harbor during the attack. She was there and witnessed the attack at the age of 17.

Joel Babb of Greenwood - Babb served in the Middle East, most of Europe and into Russia. He was in charge of truck convoys carrying supplies to troops, like the famous “Red Ball Express.” 

Lou Fowler of Columbia - Fowler was shot down and rescued briefly by the Yugoslavian underground before being captured by the Nazis. He was a prisoner of war and eventually escaped to safety during a December 1944 death march.

Lois Goforth of Aiken - The wife of an Army Infantry Lieutenant, Goforth recalls waving to the planes as they flew overhead and excitedly calling her husband to come look at “the planes with the big orange stickers on them.”  

Moffatt Burriss of Anderson - Burriss participated in the invasions of Sicily and Italy. During Operation Market Garden in Holland, he led the amphibious assault across the Waal River made famous in the movie “A Bridge Too Far.”

Bill Jolly of Denmark - A Navy veteran who fought in the Pacific, Jolly was born and raised in Union, SC. He went to Clemson University and actually missed his first army draft due to a missing letter. During the war, Jolly witnessed kamikazes, was on first LST on Omaha Beach and the first into Tokyo Bay.

Thomas Ryan of Chapin - A survivor of Pearl Harbor, Ryan recalls playing softball and drinking sake the night before.  After the ships were hit, he and several others went out looking for survivors.

 

More information about the project can be found at http://www.facebook.com/scworldwarII.

"South Carolinians in World War II: A World War" was funded in part by the ETV Endowment and Mr. and Mrs. William L Cain, Jr.

South Carolina ETV (presenting station) is the state's public educational broadcasting network.  Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.  South Carolina ETV currently presents A Chef’s Life, Expeditions, and For Your Home on public television in addition to national radio productions Song Travels, Piano Jazz, Spoleto Festival USA, and World of Opera.

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ETV and The State Newspaper Present “South Carolinians in World War II: A World War”
Lou Fowler during WWII
ETV and The State Newspaper Present “South Carolinians in World War II: A World War”
Lois Goforth, 2012

ETV and The State Newspaper Present “South Carolinians in World War II: A World War”
Lou Fowler, 2012
ETV and The State Newspaper Present “South Carolinians in World War II: A World War”
Thomas Ryan during WWII


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