Netflix produced a series on MOH recipients - and it looks powerful

Elizabeth Howe
October 10, 2018 - 8:40 am

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Netflix has teamed up with Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) and documentarian James Moll (The Last Days) — both Oscar winners — to produce an eight-part series on Medal of Honor recipients. The series will air just in time for Veterans Day weekend — Nov. 9. And if the series will be anywhere near as powerful as the trailer, it's going to be some strong stuff.

"Medal of Honor is the ideal collaboration for us," Zemeckis said in a Netflix statement. "James’ documentary skills combined with our live action techniques bring to a compelling light the important recognition of these brave individuals. We can not think of a better way to give back to the military community than by telling these incredibly heroic true stories.” 

The series curates archival footage and recreations with commentary from historians, military leaders and veterans to tell the stories of these eight Medal of Honor recipients:

  • Sylvester Antolak (World War II)
  • Vito Bertoldo (World War II)
  • Edward Carter (World War II)
  • Ty M. Carter (Afghanistan)
  • Richard L. Etchberger (Vietnam)
  • Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura (The Korean War)
  • Clint Romesha (Afghanistan)
  • Joseph Vittori (The Korean War)

As only eight of the 3,600 Medal of Honor recipients, Netflix has some pretty significant room to grow if they choose to do so.

For this first series, Netflix made an effort to include military veterans on the production team both behind the scenes and as actors. 

“It was important to this team that the veteran community be involved in helping tell these stories,” Mike Dowling, a Marine Corps veteran of Iraq and the technical advisor for the series, told Task & Purpose.

“When you read citations of [Medal of Honor] recipients, often times it would not be far fetched to think to yourself there is no way this person could have done this,” Dowling said. “Only they did do that, and their stories deserve to be told.”

Ordinary individuals, extraordinary courage. Medal of Honor airs on Netflix Nov. 9.