A True Story that Needs to be Told
During World War II, 1.2 million African-Americans served in America’s Armed Forces. Fully 125,000 served overseas. 708 were killed.
Among those who served was Herbert Pugh, Jr. — a 14-year-old boy from Mansfield, Louisiana. This child would embark on a journey that would take him from the fields of Mansfield where he played war with friends to the front lines of the real war in Europe. Finally, he would return home to the social war of mid-20th Century America and a personal battle with the horrors of what he saw.
This true story is both an intriguing adventure and a poignant look at the long term effects of, what we now know as, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on these WWII warriors and their families nearly 70 years later.
When I was a young boy, I recall my father telling me of his service at the age of 14 in the US Army during WWII. He would tell me about Kilroy and how he saw the iconic figure etched on the buildings and many other places during the battles of WWII. Kilroy signified much to my father. It was a reminder to him that he was not alone and that he was also in the midst of a battle that was real, scary and no longer a game he played at home in Mansfield, Louisiana as a boy. This young boy had a call to be courageous. He was now laying his life on the line for freedom. As a boy, it was a call to be adventurous for he wanted to explore places where Kilroy had gone. And that he did. He left the fields of Mansfield, LA and went on a journey that would lead him to fight for freedom.
Freedom—for the United States!
Freedom—as an African-American!
Freedom—from the wounds of war that plagued his mind!
In this courageous journey, this child soldier showed fortitude not only on the battlefield but also in his life as he has battled Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.)
This intriguing story is one that must be told. It is a part of our History!!! This documentary will also bring light to the struggles and victories of this soldier and others touched by P.T.S.D.
First and foremost, we will pay tribute to those wounded warriors who fought and sacrificed for our freedom.
How Your Donation Helps
- Feature Archival Footage
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- Equipment Rental
- Insurance Costs
- Location/Reenactment cost
- General Operating & Production Expenses (lawyers, fees, crew, etc.)
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- Premiere event of the film “Kilroy & The Boy Soldier”
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Please spread the word. Share this campaign with others. Send Tweets, post to Facebook, email a friend or just talk about it. This condition now has a name—PTSD and so does the hope—Herbert Pugh, Jr.Let your voice be heard and honor this veteran!** Please see our other videos, photos, and posters.**Don't forget to look for us on facebook and twitter.Please contact us at Kilroyfilm@gmail.com if you have questions. Thank You!!!