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February 16, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Van Hoosen Museum
1005 Van Hoosen Rd.
Rochester Hills, MI

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Feb. Film Series: Letters Home to Hero Street

Friday, February 16

Letters Home to Hero Street focuses on a young Mexican-American veteran's personal view of World War II as told through the letters and V-Mail (Victory Mail) he sent home to his family on 2nd street in Silvis, Illinois.

Frank Sandoval was just beginning a new job at the Rock Island Arsenal when he was drafted by the Army in 1942. He sent dozens of letters to family and friends during the two years he was in the service, and the more than 100 letters that remain, tell a story of one man's epic journey from Illinois to India.

Killed on the Irrawaddy River in Burma in June 1944, Frank becomes one of eight veterans of WWII and the Korean War, killed in combat from the same block-and-a-half long street - more than any other street in America.

In memory of Frank Sandoval, Tony Pompa, Claro Soliz (Solis), Joseph Sandoval, Peter Masias, William Sandoval, Joseph Gomes and John Munos, 2nd Street was named Hero Street, U.S.A. 

Free for Museum Members | Non-Members $5 Adults

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