questionscan anyone recommend movies to fit the memorial…

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Act of Valor, Enemy at the Gate, Patton, and Sands of Iwo Jima are just some of my personal favorites. Also check out some of the docus about the recently built WWII memorial in Washington DC. There are always "midway" and "PT109" too, along with the more recent "Pearl Harbor".

Ken Burns & PBS's "The War" is an amazing look at several aspects of WWII with some really spellbinding story-telling.

Tell your dad "THANKS!" on behalf of a grateful nation!

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A few classics which aren't blood & guts heroics, but champion "they also serve who only stand and wait":
Since You Went Away (1944) Claudette Colbert, Monty Woolley, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotton
The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946) Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright
Mrs. Miniver (1942) Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon
In Harm's Way(1965) John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon
Yeah, old and slightly pokey at times, but decent movies.
The Wings Of Eagles(1957) John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond

Paradise Road (1997) Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, Pauline Collins, Cate Blanchett A slightly fictionalized movie version of the "Band of Angels" Nurses who were captured by the Japanese and interned. No where near as fabulous as the book "We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese" by Elizabeth M. Norman.

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Though by no means uplifting or hurrah-inducing, Clint Eastwood's companion pieces Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima are two of the best American (granted, Letters is entirely in Japanese) movies I've ever seen.They show war and its toll truthfully and poetically.

That said, might not be a fun time for your dad. All veterans like him are heroes for having gone through hell for all of us, and these two movies film the hell more than the heroics.

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Actually, I'm going to vote for the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup (1930s) and Buster Keaton's The General (1920s), both of which stream on Netflix. Both are comedies, both involve wars (Duck Soup a ficitonal one, The General the Civil War), both are from your dad's time, and they are two of my all time favorite movies. And, to reiterate, they are funny as all get-out. They will guarantee a great weekend.

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I have to agree with @dupedyetagain: Those are two of the most moving pieces I've seen.

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The Longest Day or the Battle of the Bulge to add to the list.

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Depends on which theater he was in but for Europe I like Patton, A Bridge Too Far, The Big Red One, Battleground, and Battle of the Bulge (I like the last 2 because my uncle flew L-Birds during the Battle of the Bulge).

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A Bridge Too Far is one of my favorite WWII movies.

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Of course, if he needs a laugh there's always Kelly's Heroes

"I'm drinking wine and eating cheese, and catching some rays, you know."

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I never get tired of the original M A S H

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band of brothers is always amazing. i've heard good things about the pacific but i haven't watched it. i have HBOgo but i dont think it was designed to work on a 1.5mb dsl line, and it looks horrible and has to buffer alot. i've really been wanting to watch it but i dont want to deal with the crappy quality of HBOgo

now on a side note..... you mentioned you have netflix. the latest (and i think final) season of Arrested Development is coming out sunday night. all i know is if i was recovering from surgery, i'd want something to make me laugh. being a vet i'm sure he'd prefer war movies, but i'm just throwing that out there for anyone looking for a way to kill some time over the long weekend :)

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A Knight's Tale
Best. Movie. Ever.

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Mallrats.
Best. Movie. Ever!

But if you really have time to kill, watch the full, extended edition, Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

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+1 to bridge on the river kwai, Kelly's Heroes (one of my fav's) and the longest day. Also forgot to mention "we were soldiers once", that's one of the best war movies I've ever seen. Brings home the point that while soldiers may enlist for duty and country, once in battle, the only thing you're fighting for is the guy next to you in the foxhole.

Now to avoid any possible trauma from watching the traditional war movie about combat, give a few hours of your lives to watching "Hope & Glory" and "Empire of the Sun", both tell the story of WWII from the perspective of civilian children who lived through the war. One in London during the Blitz, and the other in a Japanese prisoner camp in China. Both are uplifting and have some lighthearted moments.

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Thank you for all the great suggestions. He was in the Pacific. Occupied Japan. There was still some fighting going on. He switched spots w/ a guy who went to China and ended up in an internment camp there. There's always those kind of stories that make one wonder. I think he has some guilt about that. He doesn't talk about his time in the service much, except for ping pong matches and stuff like that. He was there in the aftermath of the bombs. It must of been horrific to see.One of his friend's job was to bulldoze bodies into mass graves. That is probably the worst he has talked about. But of course, it was of someone else......

I'll copy this list. Nice to have.When we watched "The Pacific" together, that was when he opened up the most about his time there.

I bought him Lauren Hillenbrand's "Unbroken" book for FD. I saw an interview about it. Amazing story. Will be a movie soon.

Best to all the Vets,the active military and their families.

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I'd add a couple from more recent wars: HBO's multi-part Generation Kill, and Courage Under Fire with Denzel, Meg Ryan, Matt Damon etc.