Marshall Matinee Film Series

Tomorrow we begin the Marshall Matinee Film Series. You are invited to see one, two or three award-winning, World War II-subject films to be shown in the Pogue Auditorium on consecutive Saturday afternoons.

These films have been selected because they support the theme of the current All Who Want to Serve sequence of the Marshall Legacy Series. Much as we did one year ago when we showed the movie “The Imitation Game” in conjunction with the Codebreaking sequence, we are accessing Hollywood once again to give the current Legacy Series theme contemporary expression and interpretation.

Here’s the lineup for April.

April 9–Windtalkers (2002)—2 pm start
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.

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.