Poplarville Resident to be Featured in MPB WWII Documentary

Published 4:40 am Sunday, December 6, 2009

Poplarville resident Charles Byrd will be featured in a documentary produced by Mississippi Public Broadcasting. “Home Front to Battlefront: Mississippi During WWII” premieres Monday at 7 p.m. on MPB TV.

The documentary focuses on the contributions Mississippians made to World War II, whether they went to fight in faraway places or stayed in Mississippi to support the war from home.

In the film, Byrd shares his experience on the Battleship California at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked December 7, 1941. He describes the horror of the day and the images that have stayed with him until now.

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Producers spent two years compiling the data for the documentary, interviewing dozens of Mississippi veterans, historians, and civilians.

“I am glad MPB can honor the men and women who sacrificed to support our nation during World War II and highlight the role that Mississippi played in the war efforts,” said Judy Lewis, Executive Director of MPB. “Our state’s contribution to the war effort is a shining example of how far Mississippians will go to support our country.”

As a companion piece to the documentary, MPB has also launched a new Web site dedicated to Mississippi’s history during the World War II era. The site provides more stories about the contributions and experiences of Mississippians who lived during that time period. Visit www.mpbonline.org/homefrontbattlefront to explore the site and learn about Mississippi during World War II.