Three award-winning, World War II-subject films will be shown at the Marshall Foundation on consecutive Saturday afternoons beginning April 9 at 2 pm. They are:
April 9–Windtalkers (2002)
Two U.S. Marines in WWII are assigned to protect Navajo Marines who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cipher.
April 16–Go For Broke (1951)—2 pm start
The story of Japanese-American soldiers who fought in Europe during World War II
April 23–The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)—2 pm start
The story of how a group of African American pilots overcame racist opposition to become one of the finest US fighter groups in World War II
Members will be admitted free; all others will pay the Museum admission fee. The Marshall Matinee Film Series is a part of the All Who Want to Serve sequence of the Marshall Legacy Series that is being presented in partnership with the U.S. Army Women’s Museum.
Forever the pragmatist, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Marshall found or created opportunities for members of minority groups to serve in regular or special units. America in the 1940s was still a segregated society, and discrimination existed widely. Marshall was not intent on social engineering, but he did want to use anyone who wanted to serve. He had a world war to win.
Marshall crossed traditional boundaries to create special units formed along racial and ethnic lines. The famous Tuskegee Airmen grew from the needs for more airmen in fighter units. Native American “code talkers” were deployed to the Pacific by the Army and Marine Corps to use native languages for coded communication. In January 1943 General Marshall approved the formation of all-Nisei (Japanese-American) combat units.
Guests can also see the exhibition, “For My Country, For Myself,” that will remain open through April. The George C. Marshall Legacy Series interprets General Marshall’s legacy through a multi-year series of exhibitions, speakers and programs centered on key themes or episodes from General Marshall’s career.