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Documentaries at Oklahoma City Museum of Art honor veterans

Two military-themed documentaries will be screened Monday, Veterans Day, at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art's Noble Theater.
BY DENNIS KING Published: November 8, 2013

Two military-themed documentaries — one honoring the forgotten warriors of the Vietnam War, the other saluting the fast fading veterans of World War II — will be screened on Veterans Day at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art's Noble Theater, 415 Couch Drive.

The films are “Bill's Thud,” documenting the quest by Tulsan Clark Wiens to place a special F-105 fighter-bomber aircraft in a place of honor, and “Honor Flight,” tracking the final journey of four aged veterans to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“Bill's Thud” will be shown at 3 p.m., and “Honor Flight” will screen at 5:30 p.m. Both screenings are free.

“Bill's Thud” was produced and narrated by Wiens, co-founder of Tulsa's Circle Cinema, and directed by veteran Tulsa director Leo Evans.

‘Bill's Thud'

Program notes for the 77-minute video documentary, which has screened previously at the Circle Cinema, Chicago's Siskel Center and at New York's Village Quad, describe the documentary this way:

“A dying Vietnam veteran, memories of an unpopular war, and a man's promise add up to an unexpected final journey for one scuttled F-105 Thunderchief aircraft, affectionately known as the Thud. When Tulsan Clark Wiens discovers that his beloved brother-in-law Bill Pachura has only months to live, he forms a plan to track down his old fighter-bomber and move it to the former Air Force pilot's hometown of Centralia, Ill., where it will stand in a park as a long-awaited public monument to the sacrifice of Vietnam veterans. The project becomes both more difficult and more rewarding than Wiens had originally envisioned.”

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