The Foundation to Illuminate America’s Heroes is appealing to everyone who honors the true heroism of the founder and members of the famed Kosciuszko Squadron and wants to help tell and illuminate their heroic and inspirational true story to the world.
“The tax exempt Foundation, whose mission is to find and illuminate stories of true American heroism, cannot succeed without broad support from friends, members, partners and benefactors,” said David C. Jamison, executive director of the Foundation. “Every dollar amount contributed to the educational and charitable Foundation greatly matters and will help to fund a Hollywood feature film on the heroic and inspirational story of Merian C. Cooper and the American and Polish fighter pilots of the famed Kosciuszko Squadron.” “Whether you can contribute $5 or $50,000, every contribution to the Foundation is vital to the success of this mission. These heroes need the contributions of financial support now from all who honor them—all who value the risk they took for freedom.”
“Merian C. Cooper is a singularly unique individual whose amazing and heroic life story simply must be told to inspire a whole new generation,” said Jamison, “Long before coming to Hollywood and producing many motion pictures, most notably the original ‘King Kong’ movie, Merian Cooper, following a distinguished career in the Air Corp during World War I, voluntarily and heroically risked his life to repay America’s debt to the two Polish officers, Tadeusz Kosciuszko and Kazimierz Pulaski , who voluntarily came to America’s aid in our War for Independence. Merian Cooper, in the 20th Century, voluntarily created and formed the Kosciuszko Squadron of American and Polish pilots who fought for Poland in the Polish-Bolshevik War of 1919-1921. Cooper and his fellow pilots risked their lives for freedom, just as Pulaski and Kosciuszko had done earlier. Three of the American fighter pilots gave their lives and Cooper’s plane was shot down and he spent months in a Soviet prisoner of war camp. The Americans helped the Poles smash the Bolsheviks at the gates of Warsaw in what is known as “The Miracle on the Vistula River.” Cooper and the other Americans received Poland’s highest military honor, the “Militari Virtuti,” which is equivalent to our American “Congressional Medal of Honor.” Twenty years later, during World War II, Cooper, than at the height of his great Hollywood career as a Producer, re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and became America’s oldest active duty fighter pilot, flying with the “Flying Tigers” in China, under the command of famed General Chennault.
Dean Anthony J. Bajdek, Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Foundation, Founder/President of the American Association of Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point and National Vice President for American Affairs of the Polish American Congress, joined in urging members of the Polish American communities, as well as all patriotic Americans to become “Supporting Partners” and “Friends” of the Cooper/Kosciuszko Squadron Hollywood Movie Film Project and the Foundation. “The Merian C. Cooper/Kosciuszko Squadron Hollywood Film Project of the Foundation is of profound importance to the memories of these incredible heroes and will be of immeasurable benefit to Poland, Polish Americans and the Polish community worldwide.”
“I urge all Polish Americans and all patriotic Americans to consider becoming contributors and ‘Friends’ of this great project and mission of the Foundation,” Mr. Bajdek continued, “These heroes cry out for our help to get their inspiring story told.” “This is truly the ‘Greatest Story Not Yet Told,’ a story to inspire current and future generations. It is a story that links two great nations, Poland and the United States all the way back to the Revolutionary War, when two Polish officers, Tadeusz Kosciuszko and Kazimierz Pulaski, came to the America’s aid during its ‘Glorious Cause’, and that debt was partially repaid when Merian C. Cooper and his fellow American fighter pilots joined Poland’s pilots to form the famed Kosciuszko Squadron during the Poland’s war against the Bolshevik communists of Russia in 1919-1921.”
The Foundation invites the public and the media to visit its website at http://www.illuminateamericasheroes.com, to read the written film treatment titled “Honor To You” and to view the YouTube video film treatment titled “The Greatest Story Not Yet Told!”, and to learn all the details of the Foundation’s mission and of this inspirational film project. David C. Jamison, the Foundation’s executive director, is available for all interviews and media questions and for the public directly at davidj(at)illuminateamericasheroes(dot)com or by phone at (334) 718-9501. “I urge you to contact me directly,” said Jamison, “please give me your comments and questions. We are looking for Friends, Members, Partners and Benefactors to get this story told!”
David C. Jamison, Executive Director
The Foundation to Illuminate America’s Heroes, Inc.