Wife-and-husband filmmakers Lucy Ostrander (who grew up in Palo Alto) and Don Sellers will offer free showings of their award-winning documentaries "Honor & Sacrifice" and "Proof of Loyalty" on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. at the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Road. According to a press release, "Honor & Sacrifice" tells the story of Roy Matsumoto, who fought in Burma with the U.S. guerrilla unit Merrill's Marauders. Matsumoto is credited with saving his battalion after crawling across enemy lines and hearing attack plans detailed in a Japanese dialect. While he and a brother fought for the Americans, three other Matsumoto brothers were drafted into the Japanese army.
The film includes rare archival footage of Hiroshima, where the brothers' parents were living during the war. The story is told by Roy's daughter, and unfolds as she discovers her father's service in military intelligence that he had kept secret for 50 years.
"Proof of Loyalty" follows the story of Kazuo Yamane, a draftee from Hawaii who served at the Pentagon and later under Gen. Dwight Eisenhower in Europe. His linguistic and military knowledge gained from living in prewar Japan provided critical intelligence to the U.S. Go to "Honor and Sacrifice" and Proof of Loyalty".