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New Film to Tell About America's Missing in Action - Over 83,000 Still Unaccounted For...Salem-News.com
Tomorrow one of them is being laid to rest at 1:00 p.m. in Inglewood Park Cemetery in Southern California, 63 years after his death. The public and all Veterans, especially from the Korean Ware, are encouraged to attend.
(AUBURN, CA) - Sergeant First Class Joseph Gantt was born in Maryland in 1924 and joined the Army in 1942. He served with distinction in the South Pacific during WWII. He met his wife, formerly Clara Edwards, on a train from Texas to Los Angeles in 1946 and they married in June 1948. They had no children, and Mrs. Gantt never remarried, holding out hope that one day they would be reunited.
SFC Gantt was assigned as a Field Medic in Battery C, 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division when he was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW) while defending his unit¹s position near Kunu-ri¹ Korea on December 1, 1950 and he died as a POW on March 27, 1951. For his combat leadership and heroic actions on December 1st, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal w/Valor (posthumously). His other medals include the Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea War Service Medal and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.
There are still more than 7,900 American troops who served in KoreaŠunaccounted for.
A new film, ³A Solemn Promise, America¹s Missing in Action², (in pre-production) will chronicle stories just like just like SFC Gantt¹s. The ³Solemn Promise² referred to is the promise made to all service members before they enter into battleŠ²We will leave no one behind². Important words to the troops and their family members at home, awaiting their return.
However, there are still more than 83,000 other POW/MIAs unaccounted for since World War II. This film will present many of their stories. It will also tell about the Department of Defense POW/MIA Office (DPMO) and the DOD Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), both of which are on call 24/7 to go anywhere in the world to help locate, isolate, identify, and honorably return the remains of any of America¹s fallen warriors for burial in America with full military honors. This film tells what lengths America will go to locate, identify, return and honorably bury our fallen warriorsŠno matter how long they may have been missing.
The film¹s Producer, Richard Jellerson, (a former Army helicopter pilot with 2 combat tours in Vietnam) is asking for anyone interested in sharing their stories about still missing MIAs or those that may have information about any MIAs, or interested in supporting the completion of this film to contact him at email@example.com or call him at (626) 355-0260.
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