December 2, 2011.
Golden Globe and Tony Award-nominated actor Lou Diamond Phillips has agreed to do the narration of Donald Plata’s documentary film, Forgotten Soldiers, about the U.S. Army’s Philippine Scouts.
Lou Diamond Phillips brings the advantages of an experienced narrator and actor to the film, as well as his status as a widely recognized Hollywood personality. His presence will enhance the appeal of the film, particularly among young viewers who are not familiar with the combat and sacrifices that took place in the Pacific during the early months of World War II.
Forgotten Soldiers relates the story of General Douglas MacArthur’s Philippine Scouts, a special U.S. Army unit composed of Filipino soldiers and American officers who held the Japanese at bay at the beginning of the war. They were surrounded and starved out, then subjected to one of the worst atrocities of modern warfare—the Bataan Death March. In the film, ten Scout survivors tell the story of Bataan, the Death March, and life under Japanese occupation.
Lou Diamond Phillips has special connections to this film. He was born at Subic Bay in the Philippines where his father was stationed in the U.S. Navy, his mother is Filipino and he is named after a legendary Marine war hero. He is an outspoken advocate of the Filipino Veterans Equity Act; federal legislation to provide the same benefits to Filipino veterans who served with the United States as have been available to other U.S. World War II veterans. (Chris.Schaefer@bataandiary.com)