Captain – Story of a Fallen Soldier

As seen on WXXI-PBS

A story of loyalty…and remembrance. Captain Richard Updaw, USMC 1966-1970, is the film subject of this documentary. A chance observation at a cemetery led to a search beginning in 2004 to resurrect the memory of a fallen 19 year old Corporal killed in the fighting on Iwo Jima in 1945.

This new DVD release contains additional information Captain Updaw discovered subsuquent to the film’s original release in 2012. It also has a Director’s Commentary by film maker Dave Esposito as an additional bonus feature.

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Reviews for “Captain – Story of a Fallen Soldier”

5.0 out of 5 stars One Captain’s View Of “Captain” January 23, 2013

By XNavO
Dave Esposito’s “Captain” is an amazing tale of war and remembrance that completely abolishes the notion that all of the good stories about World War II have already been told. This gripping story, as projected through former Vietnam War Marine Captain Richard Updaw, is one of tragedy and resurrection, of despair and hope, and of the iron-clad bonds of loyalty that exist among warriors. As a former military officer and a patriot, I wish that every American kid could see this film. It reminds us all of the Country we were born in, what it was for us, and what it can be for generations to come.

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short documentary January 15, 2013

By Maurice J. Vaughan M.D.

I thought that this short film assimilated multiple compelling themes in a very engaging and entertaining way.

“Captain” ostensibly traces the story of a former Marine and Viet Nam veteran (The Captain) seeking justice and honor for a fallen , semingly forgotten World War 2 fellow Marine.
Following the Captain’s inspiring quest for truth and justice we learn about loyalty, patriotism, history, and the value of being true to your beliefs. I was spellbound for the entire length of this short film and it is worth viewing multiple times.
I think that it is perfect for a personal collection or as a historical and educational film for students or veterans. It would make a great gift for relatives who are former Marines or any type of Veteran.

Would highly recommend this film.

5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable January 15, 2013

By D. Schwartz
A lovingly filmed story of a man’s quest to see that someone he had never met would not be forgotten. Very enjoyable, and worth multiple viewings.