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    The poignant moment Tom Hanks comforted overcome war veterans

    The poignant moment Tom Hanks comforted overcome war veteran whose heroism inspired new TV series The Pacific



    By Mail Foreign Service
    Last updated at 4:50 PM on 12th March 2010


    For one old soldier the moment was simply too much to bear.
    Confronted by memories of long-gone battles and standing with the Hollywood star who had made sure distant sacrifices were not forgotten, Pasquala Cassetta was overcome.

    He twisted his face away and grasped the arm of Tom Hanks, too emotional to speak.


    Overwhelmed: Pasquala Cassetta, a World War Two marine, is too emotional to speak as he comes face-to-face Tom Hanks at a memorial service for Pacific campaign veterans



    Comfort: Hanks tries to support the old soldier, pressing his hand to his face and gripping his arm

    The actor himself seemed moved, clasping Mr Cassetta, a World War Two marine, and cradling the man's face with one hand.
    The soldier, from Long Island, New York, is one of the marines who inspired new 10-part HBO series, The Pacific, which Hanks executive produced along with Steven Spielberg.
    A follow up to the 2001 hit series Band of Brothers, it charts the lives of US Marines fighting the Japanese after the attack on Pearl Harbour.
    Spielberg said they had made wanted to make sure the Pacific theatre was also remembered.
    'We did it because all of you are the greatest stories ever told,' he told veterans '... with each passing generation, more and more people are forgetting about World War Two.'


    Tribute: Hanks (front right) joins Steven Spielberg (front left, in hat) as they honour veterans of the Pacific campaign



    Not forgotten: Wreaths were laid to remember the sacrifices of all the soldiers, both living and dead, who took part in the Pacific campaign


    The ceremony, at the World War Two Memorial in Washington, was organised by HBO to mark the premiere of the $200million new series.

    Both Hanks and Spielberg addressed the audience, spent time with veterans and laid wreaths.

    Hanks used his address to stress that no ordinary American wanted to go to war - but that the sacrifices made in World War Two had changed the world.
    'You defined peace with these four words: The Americans are here,' he said.

    Fred Rose, 87, of Barberton, Ohio, served in an amphibious tank battalion in the Marshall Islands and Saipan.

    Memories: Veteran Edward Borucki, from Massachussetts, flips through his scrapbook during the ceremony


    Bravest of the brave: Veterans are ushered into the memorial ceremony, in Washington



    Rose says he nearly cried hearing accolades from Spielberg, Hanks and others..
    He described how his tank had been sunk in the first wave of an attack.
    'My buddies got killed,' he said. 'But I got out. I don't know how... I must have had a guardian angel.'
    Hanks was one of the high-profile supporters who raised money to build the memorial on the National Mall ten years ago. It was finally opened in 2004.

    Band of brothers: Veterans gather near the monument to wait for the ceremony. The Monument can be seen in the background


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    I'm not American but those men did an exceptional job in the Pacific. Every single one of them a hero - total respect to them.

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    Yup. That Pacific campaign was absolute bloody carnage. Just watched the WWII docu "The World At War" again recently. Utter respect to those men.

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    Shame Stephen Spielberg couldn't be bothered to doff his cap.

    The fact that he even wore it in the first places was classy

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    the young men and women in uniform who prodly and honorably serve(d) to defend democracy and freedom from all times should be honored and remembers as heros.

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    Nice post. Even when I'm having a bad week I'm really grateful I havn't had live through the hell these guys did. And these are the lucky ones. Here's a link to the thread showing clips from the series :

    http://teakdoor.com/the-multimedia-f...hanks-new.html (The Pacific .... movie trailer of Tom Hanks new movie about the war in the Pacific.)

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