Eric Juarez as Frank Sandoval in the award-winning Letters Home to Hero Street.
On Monday, February 29th Moline First Baptist Church, located at 1901 29th Street, Moline, Illinois, will host a free public screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary Letters Home to Hero Street at 1:00 p.m. A Q&A with the filmmakers and others will follow the showing.
The 25-minute film produced by WQPT and Fourth Wall Films highlights the life of Mexican-American soldier Frank Sandoval. The film outlines the story of the World War II veteran through the letters he sent home to his family in Silvis, IL. Sandoval was one of eight veterans of WWII and the Korean War killed in combat from the same block-and-a-half neighborhood, now called "Hero Street, USA."
Sandoval was just starting his new job at the Rock Island Arsenal in 1942, when he was drafted. During his two years of service, Sandoval sent hundreds of letters to family and friends.
The documentary highlights 130 letters that remain to tell his story as he traveled from Illinois to India. Sandoval was killed on the bank of the Irrawaddy River in Burma in June 1944.
Join us for this special time together, sharing the story of the heroes of Hero Street and Q&A after the film with producers Tammy and Kelly Rundle (Fourth Wall Films), Lora Adams (WQPT) and several of the actors from the film.
To order a DVD of the award-winning film, visit: https://www.fourthwallfilms.com/dvds.htm.