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The South Carolinians in World War II project is a comprehensive effort to collect first-hand accounts of the war from our veterans and to create an interactive and accessible archive of records for the citizens of our state. It is a partnership between the ETV Endowment, The State Media Co. and ETV.

The project began with a clear mandate: Interview South Carolina World War II veterans and collect their stories while we still can. In addition to conducting interviews, our goal is to get these stories out to as many people as possible using multiple media platforms while creating a database that can be accessible and useful to historians, students and the general public.

The documentary series of at least six hours will be broadcast statewide on ETV. The first hour, A Time to Fight, premiered on Veteran's Day 2010. The second episode, A New Front,will air at 9 p.m. May 26 on ETV with repeats on Memorial Day, May 30 at 9 p.m. on the South Carolina Channel and 10 p.m. on ETV.

Additional information, interviews and photos related to the project can be found at The website will also include archival stories and photographs of WWII vets from The State. The site is linked from and

Facebook page, South Carolinians in World War II, and a Twitter account, @SCWW2, have also been established to distribute information about the series.

To date, 70 veterans have been interviewed and more are being completed each week. Five of our veterans have died since the project began about two years ago.

Founding ETV Endowment Trustee John Rainey and the ETV Endowment's founding Executive Director, Elaine Freeman, are the executive producers of the project. Jeff Wilkinson, a reporter at The State, is the producer of the project. Columbia's Coal Powered Filmworks is filming and editing.

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