Narrated by actor Gary Sinise, Lifeline: Pearl Harbor’s Unknown Hero tells the story of how U.S. Navy sailor Joe George became an unlikely hero when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, and how he was recognized with a Bronze Medal for his actions more than 70 years later.
Where to Watch
The documentary airs on CPTV Spirit on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 9:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 2 p.m.
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A USS Vestal crewman, Joe was not your model navy sailor. He fought both inside and outside the boxing ring, liked his beer a little too much at times, and had a stubborn and defiant streak that often left him at odds with his superior officers and, once in a while, got him thrown in the brig. But on that “Day of Infamy,” Joe became one of America’s first heroes of World War II. Ignoring a direct order to cut the lines from the USS Vestal, which was moored alongside the burning and sinking USS Arizona, the sailor made a crucial decision that saved six lives and impacted future generations.
Joe was never recognized for his actions that day, until men he saved from the USS Arizona took it upon themselves to see he received the award he deserved.
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