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You Can Help Us!
We hope you share our excitement in our voyage of discovery. But that voyage has not yet ended. We hope that visitors to our web site will share with us their recollections of that period. Heritage Productions is working on a documentary on the life of Pare Lorentz (“F.D.R.’s filmmaker”). In additional to having produced a number of ”films of merit” in the 1930s (as is well known), Lorentz (which is less well known), joined the Army Air Force Officer in World War II. He headed up the Overseas Technical Unit that flew around the world in a specially adapted B-24 Liberator Bomber and made some 225 briefing films. After receiving his discharge in 1945, Lorentz then made a full-lengthy documentary on the Nuremberg war crimes trial and then devoted much of the rest of his life to working on a day-by-day account of FDR’s presidency. These materials are now in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library at Hyde Park, New York. If you have some personal knowledge of the above activities, please let us know. We are particularly interested in locating any Army Air Force personnel that were attached to the Overseas Technical Unit.

And we still want to learn more about Bill Hazel and their children: Dan, Tom, Jake, Ruth and Frank (Bip). Please share with us your recollections. Is there anyone out there, for example, who served with Dan Parkinson (or his good friend, George Kuzma) with the 41st division in the New Guinea campaigns in World War II? Is there anyone out there who served with Tom Parkinson with the 301st Infantry in Europe and may have been present in the fighting around Sinz in February, 1945 for which Tom received the Silver Star? And is there anyone out there who might have served with Frank (Bip) Parkinson in his artillery unit with the 6th Army in Korea? As had been the case with his brothers Tom and Dan, Bip saw major combat. Is there anyone out there who remembers Tom Brannan (Ruth’s husband) in the US Navy. According to his children, he ferried troops ashore at D-Day. As was the case with a lot of veterans (including the Parkinson children), Tom Brannan never talked much about his experiences – which must have been horrific. But this is history – and it should be recorded and preserved is possible. Thank you for any assistance you can offer us here. To contact us, click here.


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