South Carolina Veteran’s D-Day Story Told in “Back to the Battlefield”
Airs on the SC Channel Wednesday, June 6 at 9 p.m.
For Immediate Release
June 5, 2012
Columbia, SC… To commemorate the 68th anniversary of D-Day, South Carolina ETV’s SC Channel will air “Back to the Battlefield,” on Wednesday, June 6 at 9 p.m.
The program follows 89-year-old D-Day veteran Mike Fitch of Conway, SC as he returns Omaha Beach in France for the first time since he landed there as an American combat soldier on June 6, 1944. Attached to the 116th Regimental Combat Team, Fitch landed in the second wave of American troops on Charlie Sector, which was one of “Bloody Omaha’s” deadliest landing sites.
Shot on location in France, “Back to the Battlefield” leads viewers through the beaches, battlefields, hedgerows and villages of modern Normandy. Enhanced by historic newsreel footage, the one-hour documentary chronicles the dramatic story of D-Day as retold on-the-scene by Fitch, whose vivid memories provides a unique first-hand account of what it was like for soldiers on that world-changing day.
The documentary was produced by South Carolina historian Rod Gragg, author of “From Foxholes and Flight Decks: Letters from World War II,” and David Parker and Dennis Reed, video producers at Coastal Carolina University.
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.