|Published:||Jul 29, 2012 8:46 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 30, 2012 10:34 AM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - You might think of Youtube as a place to watch silly videos or even find your favorite shows.
But now, for the first time, you can watch the story of World War II, seen through the eyes of a Cape Coral veteran. It's all in an effort to preserve the past.
The title of the film "The True Story of an American WWII Hero Harry Beeman" references a true hero of World War II. But "hero" isn't a word Harry Beeman would use to describe himself.
"I'd like to replace that with patriot. Because guys that are warriors in battle, they don't think of themselves as a hero," said Beeman.
He is almost 90 years old, and his story of survival is now splashed across YouTube.
"The morning after Pearl Harbor, that was December the 8th, that's what we did. We went down and I joined the Navy," he explained. Beeman was a Gunner's Mate, First Class, on the USS Ellet.
He fought in more than a dozen battles in the Pacific against the Japanese fleet. It's history in it's truest form, straight from the mouth of the man who's seen it all and lived to tell about it.
This concept is thanks to Cape Coral's Mayor John Sullivan.
"We have a lot of heros that have lived in Cape Coral and unfortunately a lot of them are gone now, and it's time for us to capture that history," said Sullivan.
Beeman says his story may be long, but the message is short: "If it weren't for our warriors, our veterans that went out there and did the fighting, we wouldn't have this country," he said.
This is the first film from the city, and they are already planning on making more. It was made thanks to donations of time and effort. If you know of someone who has a story to tell, contact Cape Coral Mayor John Sullivan.
Here is Beeman's story on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSHzttBIXek&feature=youtu.be
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