Friday Sept 18, 2015
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The New Mexico National Guard Bataan Military Museum presents the story of Lt. Col. William Edwin Dyess' escape from an escape-proof Japanese prison during WWII.
Followed by Q&A with director John Lukacs!
On the morning of April 4, 1943, ten American prisoners-of-war and two Filipino convicts broke out of the Davao Penal Colony, an allegedly escape-proof Imperial Japanese Army prison plantation in the Philippines. Their remarkable tale is told through the experiences of Lt. Col. William Edwin Dyess, one of the war’s most extraordinary yet little-known heroes, a handsome, daring Texan whose exploits changed the course of the war and later changed U.S. military policy. This documentary combines archival footage, interviews and stunning aerial footage to tell a quintessential American tale of fate, faith, sacrifice, heroism, teamwork and inspirational triumph over long odds. It’s the most significant POW story in American history and the true great escape of World War II. Presented in recognition of National POW-MIA Day. (U.S., 2015, 60m)