I’m a WWII veteran of three years’ service in the Pacific during my four years of Naval service. I was a landing craft officer, landing assault troops on Japanese island strongholds. Of my six battles, one was the Liberation of the Philippines. I went to the Philippines this past June 1 to film “Return to the Philippines-
Besides reports about the recently uncovered JPAC “fake” burials, this strange JPAC behavior during my recent visit to the Philippines also warrants investigation. I hope to hear from you Senator. As chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee, I know you want to get more information about my treatment by JPAC during my Philippines visit. I’ll be glad to come to Washington to meet with you and your Committee.
Vanilla Fire Productions is in post-production for its 5th feature documentary called, "Return to the Philippines:
Vanilla Fire and Leon Cooper were welcomed home at a Gary Sinise Foundation event in West Los Angeles along with legendary actor/producer/
Vanilla Fire Productions has partnered with Mighty Dog Productions for this amazing project. Mighty Dog is headed by Scott Minerd and Eloy Mendez, and their belief in this project and patriotism is unprecedented!
Vanilla Fire released photos of WWII Vet Leon Cooper and his new movie poster this Memorial Day and Vanilla Fire creator Tamara Henry is the VP of Social Media for Vanilla Fire and is also serving as a producer on this film.
Mr. Cooper has been on a mission for more than a decade to shine the light on the 88,000 MIAs from WWII that never made it back from battle.
http://www.ReturnToTarawa.com was the first in this series of award winning films released in 2008 to a worldwide audience on the Discovery's Military Channel. Return To Tarawa, narrated by Ed Harris, received much media publicity including Larry King Live and Katie Couric and ABC World News. The film triggered Congress to pass legislation, sending Vanilla Fire back for a Repatriation Ceremony by JPAC. This film Until They Are Home was narrated by Kelsey Grammer and placed on the 2012 Oscar Shortlist for the 85th Academy Awards.
Vanilla Fire's second film of the series, http://www.UntilTheyAreHome.com utilizes Mr. Coopers story of his landing at the bloody beaches of Tarawa and follows the brave men of JPAC as they go back to Tarawa on a 60 day mission to locate, recover and repatriate US Marines from WW 2. The film was featured at the Sundance Film Festival and also made the Oscar short list in 2011. The legendary actor Kelsey grammar lends his voice for narration and the film is now enjoying a world wide audience in 41 countries on NETFLIX, AMAZON PRIME, HULU, VUDU, ROKU, GAIAM, MILITARY.COM and iTunes and other digital platforms.
Vanilla Fire has now attached American Actor Lou Diamond Phillips as narrator of this noble project to follow in the footsteps of Dan Aykroyd, Ed Harris, Kelsey Grammer and John Savage. Mr. Phillips was born on a military base in the Philippines to an American Naval Officer and has enjoyed a very successful run on the Military Channel with "An Officer And A Movie." Phillips has been an outspoken advocate of the Filipino Veterans Equity Act of 2006, and its legislation to provide the same benefits to Filipino WWII veterans who served with the United States as has been available to other U.S. World War II veterans. Phillips is very close to the Native American community. In 1990, he was adopted by the Sioux tribe, although he is Cherokee by blood. "Star Keeper" is his Sioux name.
Vanilla Fire Creator and Producer Tamara Henry is one quarter Cherokee http://tamarahenry.weebly.com/
Vanilla Fire Productions is also premiering The Carrier narrated by John Savage on SnagFilms this Memorial Day. The Carrier is the 4th movie from filmmakers Barber and Hausle, where they took their cameras out onto the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson on 11/11/11 to tell the story of the men and women of the US Navy aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) from 9/11 to Haiti to Terrorist Osama bin Laden to 11/11/11.
The back drop for The Carrier was the first basket ball on game on an active nuclear aircraft carrier, where Michigan State and North Carolina squared off to reward and rejuvenate US Navy, on the greenest aircraft carrier in America. The President and First Lady, and Magic Johnson were on board and it aired on ESPN, Extra (NBC) and FOX Los Angeles. www.CarrierClassicMovie.com
The release date for Return To The Philippines is Veterans Day 2014.
Executive Producers Scott Minerd and Eloy Mendez with Producers Tim Shelton, Tamara Henry and Steven C. Barber. A Vanillla Fire Film. Directed by Matthew Hausle.