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Horry County Museum D-Day Film Series

Conway, South Carolina –In observance of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the 2014 Horry County Museum Film Series will feature the documentary Back to the Battlefield, which profiles the story of an Horry County D-Day veteran’s return to Omaha Beach sixty-four years after landing there on D-Day. The film will be presented at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 7 in McCown Auditorium at the Horry County Museum, which is located at the corner of Main Street and 9th Avenue in Conway. The event is free and open to the public.

“Back to the Battlefield” follows the late Mike Fitch of Conway, an 89 year-old D-Day veteran, as he returned Omaha Beach in France for the first time since landing as an American combat soldier on June 6, 1944. Attached to the 116th Regimental Combat Team on D-Day, 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 the viewer 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, a World War II combat veteran whose vivid memories give viewers a unique you-are-there exposure to the world-changing events of D-Day. The documentary was produced by author and historian Rod Gragg and David Parker and Dennis Reed, who are video producers at Coastal Carolina University. The documentary was sponsored by Goldfinch Funeral Services, Coastal Carolina University, HTC and Joseph Sanders Dentistry of Conway.

“The 70th anniversary of D-Day is an appropriate time to remember and appreciate that ‘Greatest Generation’ of Americans who did so much in World War II to preserve our freedom and liberate millions of people around the world,” said Gragg, who is director of the Center for Military & Veterans Studies at CCU. “We owe that generation so much and its members are quickly passing from memory into history. To me, no one better represented the best of that generation than Mike Fitch of Conway, who is the subject of Back to the Battlefield. His story personifies what the ‘Greatest Generation’ achieved on D-Day and elsewhere in World War II. They left us all a legacy of character, courage and sacrifice that we should never forget.”

The Horry County Film Series is a two-year event sponsored by the Horry County Museum and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University (OLLI), and will feature a historical documentary every quarter in 2014 and 2015. All events are free to the public, and complimentary refreshments will be served at each screening.

For more information on the Horry County Museum Film Series, contact the Horry County Museum at 843-915-5320.