In the middle of the 20th Century a war engulfed the world. It claimed lives, brought out the greatest endurance and strength of many, challenged some to follow their conscience in the face of fierce opposition, brought lovers together over oceans, destroyed cathedrals, began future movements, shaped hearts and minds. For Americans the stories of this time were born under the emblem of a nation.[/h2]

From Harlem to Honolulu, the “48 STARS” documentary has gathered epic stories. Stories that explore the WWII era through the eyes of the people who lived it: veterans, civilians, participants, resisters. From stories of deadly combat to stories of revolutionary inspiration, 48 STARS finds the unexpected revelation, the poignant moment – penetrating to the heart of each human story. Over 4000 combined years of life are gathered together in this unique film, most of our subjects being well into their 90s! Meet a few of our interviewees!


When you see it waving you know your home. No matter where it's at, you know you're home.

- Sibby LeBeau, WWII US Navy

We were initiated into Nazi Germany with 'Heil Hitlers', swastika flags, propaganda posters, soldiers, military trucks, uniformed Hitler Youth cycling and hiking. On the sides of several buildings we saw signs in German saying 'Jews not wanted'. Many expect war before the month is over.....the situation is charged with danger and plenty of it.

- Robert Kreider, WWII Conscientious Objector

Patriotism is not a blind following of the leaders and the flag. Patriotism means finding and sticking up for what is humanistic.

- Jay Wenk, WWII Infantry, Battle of the Bulge

We steamed in and bombarded the coast of Okinawa. I was 19 years old at that time. It scared the hell out of me. We were bombarded by kamikazes.

- Doyle Boothroy, WWII US Navy

It's hard to say 'this is my country' when they say 'no, really, you're second class, this is NOT your country.

- Dabney Montgomery, WWII Tuskegee Airmen

I'm proud of that flag. I'm a firm believer in Old Glory, and that's that.

- George Williams, US Army Paratrooper