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May 21

Honoring a Commitment: The Story of PFC Gordon

A special documentary screening with producer Jed Henry

Co-hosted by

For those who give the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country, a commitment is made in return. That commitment is a promise well-understood both inside and outside of the military, regardless of service. That promise is “dead or alive, no one is left behind.”

The identification and recovery of a soldier’s remains from the battlefield so they may be returned to the family is an elemental part of American military culture. The story of the identification and recovery of the remains of PFC Gordon is one of a soldier’s long journey home; a journey that led his family across Europe and North America in their determined effort to find him.

PFC Lawrence S. Gordon was a Canadian citizen who joined the U.S. Army shortly after Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941. On August 13, 1944 as a member of the Reconnaissance Company, 32nd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division, he lost his life in Normandy. His family was informed by the War Department that he was “Missing in Action,” but they never found out what happened to his body.

Honoring a Commitment is a feature length documentary about the Gordon family's search for PFC Gordon. The story leads us through many twists and turns, culminating with the discovery that PFC Gordon's body had been mistakenly buried in a German cemetery in France for almost 70 years. This unique story of a solder in World War II is told mostly through the eyes of his nephew and namesake, Lawrence R. Gordon.

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Dakota Wood Dakota Wood

Senior Research Fellow, Defense Programs Read More