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UNC-TV to air two locally produced WWII docs

Good news for those who missed last month's premiere of "North Carolina's WWII Experience": UNC-TV's excellent World War II documentary will repeat tomorrow night (Wednesday, January 12) at 9pm.

But just before that encore presentation, UNC-TV will debut another locally produced World War II documentary, "Marching Once More."

"Marching Once More" was shot in Belgium and Luxembourg in 2004 and follows 100 veterans as they return for the 60th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, a battle in which 19,000 Americans lost their lives.

Three local veterans were in that group of 100 travelers: Chris Christensen from Southport (99th Infantry Division), Hank Zimmerman, formerly of Oak Island (101st Airborne), and Canton’s Dick Alexander (83rd Infantry Division).

"Thank You, Eddie Hart" honors memory of WWII soldier from NC

In 1946, a 22-year-old Dutch woman made a promise to a deceased World War II soldier from North Carolina whom she had never met. Betty Habets-Vrancken promised PFC Eddie Hart that she would always visit and care for his grave in the Netherlands American Cemetery near her home in Meersen, Holland.

She wrote a letter to the private's sister, Hattie:

"Dear Miss Hart, I am a Dutch girl and I live in the south part of Holland. I guess you know that there is buried your older brother Eddie and I have adopted his grave. I hope, dear Miss Hart, that this will be a little better for you to know that your brother's grave is not lonely and forgotten."

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