Raqui writes, "On this Memorial Day, we Remember Ed at Arlington National Cemetery and his hero, Gen Douglas MacArthur." Visiting Raqui at her home on that day were Robert and Marina Tidwell.
Robert and Marina Tidwell at each side of Ed's portrait
Robert Tidwell (AKA Gen Douglas MacArthur) stands beside Ed's prize possession, an autographed photo of Gen Douglas MacArthur saying "With the affection and admiration of your comrade-in-arms, Douglas MacArthur"
Robert Tidwell (AKA Gen Douglas MacArthur) holds the Biography of Gen Douglas Mac Arthur Raqui gave Ed in 1985 as a wedding anniversary gift.
From a previous version of the Latest News, May 25, 2015:
Read the press release by Rowman & Littlefield on the newly released book "Doomed Horse Soldiers of Bataan:The Incredible Stand of the 26th Cavalry" by Raymond Woolfe. The Introduction is written by Col. Edwin P. Ramsey, 26th Cavalry PS. The book itself is available on Amazon.com.
PRESS RELEASE: SNAGFILMS Premiers Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story narrated by Josh Brolin in time for Memorial Day Weekend
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WASHINGTON, DC and New York, NY -- EMBARGOED FOR 12pm EST Friday May 26, 2017 - SnagFilms, the leading platform for philanthropic documentary and independent films announces today the premier of the Steven C Barber produced and Matthew Hausle directed documentary, Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story (2016 Oscar Shortlist) on Snagfilms.com on Monday, May 29th 2017 at 9am EST on:
Released just in time for Memorial Day, Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story documents an unsung World War II hero's tale of sacrifice and survival and celebrates the spirits of remembrance of the individuals who fought and died for the United States in military pursuits. The documentary centers on the never before told story of Lt. Col. Edwin P. Ramsey, who in 1942 coordinated the final horse-mounted cavalry charge in US army history. More significantly, after the fall of Bataan, Ramsey refused to surrender and became a member of the Filipino resistance and ultimately commanded over 40,000 Filipino guerilla troops against Japan. As a result, Ramsey provided essential information to General Douglas MacArthur, for which he won the Distinguished Service Cross.
Director Hausle (Until They Are Home) and Producer Barber (Return to Tarawa, Unbeaten, The Carrier) cast Holloywood actor Josh Brolin (Wall Street, Milk, No Country for Old Men) as narrator who strings together the life of Ramsey alongside real life players including Alice Benitez, Mike Bills, Abraham Cooper and Dan Figuracion among others. The film was originally released in November 2016 by Moving Pictures Production Co. The soundtrack features the score titled, "I'm Back", which was written and performed by Edwin McCain as well as the Kenny G original song "Colors of Freedom". Daniel M. Gold of the New York Times deemed the film "an overdue Paean to a War Hero".
Here is the special feature by Awee Abayari of Ed's 100th birthday celebration and Remembrance last May 6th at the Luxe Sunset Blvd Hotel. Please click the image below for a full-sized rendering.
This photo was taken by photographer William Kidstone during the screening of Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story at The Reagan Library this month:
The American Eagle & Flag sculpture with the Reagan Presidential Seal and the phrase "Peace in Strength" given to Raqui at the screening of Ed's documentary at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
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Jay Wertz' latest project is an e-comic, "They Called Themselves the Battling Bastards of Bataan", available now on Amazon.com.