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by George Retelas
Lazy Panda Studios LLC  2014
Duration: 1 hour 16 mintutes
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A WWII Documentary

This documentary begins with filmmaker George Retelas discovering his grandfather's journals from World War II and becoming inspired to learn more about his service and to seek out men who severed in his unit. The result is the amazing documentary "Eleven", an amazing work of veteran oral history and a story about a young person bringing the past to life.

The eleven veterans interviewed are a cross section of ranks and duties including:
1. Kermit 'Tim' Enander
2. George Stebbings
3. Gerry Coeur
4. Robert W. J. 'Jacink' Cocks
5. William L. 'Bill' Strahan
6. W. Robert 'Bob' Maxwell
7. Robert N. 'Bob' Flath
8. Robert C. 'Bob' Fitz
9. John T. Williss
10. William E. 'Bill' Corley
11. Verg Bloomquist

The documentary has eight chapters that spans the veteran's World War II Pacific service, beginning with each veteran interviewing themselves, and sharing the stories of how they became interested in flying, came to join the U.S. Navy. Plus, their memories of basic training and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

The section "Planes in Peril 1" describes aviation mishaps and losses in Guadalcanal. Veterans describe the tragic loss of planes due to mechanical failures including the loss of F4F Wildcat 11992 piloted by Childs and crashes including the tragic crash of R4D Dakota 12406 with CAG-11 personel returning from rest and recuperation (R&R).

Eleven is beautifully shot, directed and edited with associated World II photos and film footage that brings each veteran's story to life. Equally touching is the fact that several of the veterans remembered George "Hellraiser" Retelas. This documentary is highly recommended for anyone interested in excellent oral history of the Pacific War and also about a young person stepping forward to bring the past to life to honor both his grandfather and the men that still remain to this day.

Review by  Justin Taylan  

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September 21, 2023

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