REMEMBER THE DOUGHBOY
By David C. Homsher
“The Return of Paul Jarrett” a video which was ten years in the making, and an award winning documentary, is the only one of its kind and, more importantly, the last of its kind. We follow ninety-three year old Paul Jarrett, a decorated American World War I combat veteran, as he returns to France to visit those nightmarish days and nights of World War I.
Lt. Jarrett, a company hand-to-hand combat expert with the famous U. S. 42nd “Rainbow” Division, was wounded in action three times while serving in France from 1917 to 1918. Paul was awarded several Purple Hearts and the French Croix de Guerre.
During his quest to find the actual sites where he stood and fought as a young twenty-two year old officer, French villagers are amazed and astounded to see this ninety-four year old and very ancient warrior in their midst; as they have only read about the American Doughboys in their history books. Their heartfelt reaction to his spontaneous arrival reveals the love and affection the French people still have for all of the American soldiers who defended their country three-quarters of a century earlier. One year after his first return visit to France in 1988, Paul returns once again in 1989 and is feted and celebrated as few Americans have been when a village street is named in his honor.
Seven years later, in 1996, a grateful French government bestows upon Paul Jarrett—now age101—its highest decoration for bravery, the Legion of Honor. Paul died the following year at the age of 102 years, an honored, revered and respected warrior.
This documentary is a very personal account of one of the last gentlemen of a dying era. In fact, Paul Jarrett will be forever remembered in the annals of American history as being the last American World War I veteran of the 1,700,000 who went “Over There” in 1917-1918, to ever return to the American Expeditionary Forces battlefields in France.
A number of old World War I veterans tell their stories on this video. They are all “Gone West” now.
I urge you to get this video for your personal or professional archives. If, in the course of watching it, you feel a few furtive tears coursing down your cheeks, don’t feel ashamed of your reaction. I had the same emotional response to the sight of Paul Jarrett, accompanied by his grandson, Clark Jarrett, reminiscing at the scenes of his great fights in France. The video is about 2-1/2 hours in length, and is very reasonably priced. Go to www.clarkjarrett.com and contact Clark Jarrett at email@example.com for ordering instructions.
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