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Elected officials


In celebration of Veterans Day, the movie “Tribute to the Foot Soldier” premiered at the Franklin Theatre Monday. The movie, which was filmed live at The Factory at Franklin on Sept. 27, is the story of  “an average, normal foot soldier,” and his experiences in World War II, but it represents the 16.1 million Americans who served in WWII and the millions of foot soldiers who continue to serve.

“This is about foot soldiers,” said Jimmy Gentry, the foot soldier telling the story.

Gentry joined the Army soon after he graduated from Franklin High School in 1944. What he saw, experienced and did was no more and no less than every other foot soldier walking through Europe between 1942 and 1945 – until April 29, 1945. That day, as E Company of the 232nd Infantry climbed a hill on their way to Munich, the smell hit first; then the sight; then the eyes.

The smell and sight came from dozens of railroad cars filled with dead, emaciated bodies. The eyes came from hundreds of emaciated living bodied behind barbed wire fences.

















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FSSD fourth graders wave flags in support of the Wounded Warrior Project

“It was the people’s eyes that had gotten to me over the years,” Gentry said in the movie as he described himself as a 19-year-old boy discovering something so heinous it couldn’t have even been a bad dream.

Like most soldiers who lived through the war, when Gentry got home, he tucked what he saw and experienced deep into a place he thought it would remain forever and went on with his life.

Forever ended 40 years later with a simple phone call and the words, “You were at Dachau.”

“Everything I wanted to forget flashed before me,” he said, but he soon learned that E Company’s discovery not only affected the foot soldiers, if affected all those starving eyes behind the fence.

















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FSSD fourth graders wave flags in support of the Wounded Warrior Project


In the movie, Gentry talks about two people he met in Dachau and again 40 years later and how he found the courage to tell their story.

The video will be available for the public to purchase around Nov. 20.

For information about purchasing “A Tribute to the Foot Soldier,” call the Heritage Foundation at 615-591-8500 or email Bob Rudman at RRudman273@aol.com.

















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FSSD fourth graders wave flags in support of the Wounded Warrior Project


















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Franklin High School JROTC students


















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Page High Marching Band



















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Page High JROTC


















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Members of Brentwood American Legion Post 156


















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Members of Franklin American Legion Post 22


















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Patriot Guard


 

 

Posted on: 11/14/2012

 
 

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