Carper to narrate “Vanishing Voices of World War II”

by Dave on September 18, 2010

Thomas R. Carper, Delaware’s senior United States senator, will provide the voice for “Vanishing Voices of World War II; Southern Delaware’s Humble Heroes,” an hour-long documentary honoring some of the First State’s brave World War II veterans.

The film, being produced through a partnership between local author James Diehl and Milford-based Watermark Productions, is scheduled for release on Veteran’s Day.

“I am extremely honored that Sen. Carper has agreed to be a part of this project, which will recognize the sacrifices made by members of the ‘Greatest Generation’ right here in Delaware,” says Diehl, a native of Seaford and near lifelong resident of Sussex County. “I humbly thank the senator for helping me keep the voices of our brave and heroic World War II veterans alive.”

Himself a veteran of the conflict in Vietnam, the senator is the son of Richard Carper, who served in the United States Navy during World War II. Sen. Carper’s uncle, Bobby Patton, was killed at the age of 19 when a Japanese kamikaze pilot crashed into the U.S.S. Suwannee, an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

“I am honored that James asked me to narrate this film,” said Sen. Carper. “As the son, cousin and nephew of brave men who fought in World War II, helping tell the story of Delawareans who were there is a humbling responsibility. Their stories speak for themselves; I will simply provide context so their stories may be understood and shared by all of us who are so indebted to them for their service.”
“Vanishing Voices of World War II; Southern Delaware’s Humble Heroes” will feature 25 of the 100 veterans included in Diehl’s two books, “World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware,” released last year, and “World War II Heroes of Coastal Delaware,” scheduled for a May, 2011, release.

While many of the recollections in the film can be read about in Diehl’s book project, the film will allow viewers to put faces to the names, to see the very real emotions etched on the faces of those involved in history’s grandest war.

Told from the perspective of men, and a handful of women, who served during that time period and today call Sussex County home, this film will allow their voices to be heard forever. Their stories are emotional, they’re real, and they’re so very candid. From Pearl Harbor, to Iwo Jima, D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, among many other parts of the war, they are told with passion and an enormous amount of pride.

“More than anything, what comes through in these video accounts is the pride these men and women have in the United States of America,” says Diehl. “They gave so much, and really asked for nothing in return. If I can help preserve their stories, even in a small way, then it is my distinct honor and privilege to do so.”

A two-and-a-half minute video trailer of the documentary can now be viewed by visiting Diehl’s website, The site also features brief bios of the first 50 World War II veterans, several of whom have already passed on, as well as much more information about southern Delaware’s humble heroes of World War II.

The 234 page “World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware” is the first in a two-part series that pays tribute to area veterans of the Second World War. The book received a first-place award in the Delaware Press Association’s 2009 communications competition in the category of “Non Fiction Book-History.” The early profiles from the book were also named a first-place award winner in the 2007 Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association’s editorial competition.

More information about Diehl’s ongoing project honoring Sussex County’s World War II veterans can be obtained by visiting

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