Captain visits the grave of an almost unknown soldier…

Dick Updaw, my film subject for Captain, and I spent an hour this past Sunday at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester, NY where Cpl. Robert Hodes lies buried. I thought it would be moving to film a grave-side visit on a day where not another single visitor was to be seen anywhere in this enormous cemetery.

We decided that images of Dick removing snow from the granite tombstone with his bare hands would symbolize the rescue from oblivion of Cpl. Hodes, who was 19 at the time he died at the battle of Iwo Jima. Mr Updaw got it too; I asked, and had no trouble getting, his participation in the filming of this symbolic event.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *