- The Washington Times - Friday, January 24, 2020

A cast of veteran actors has banded together in “The Last Full Measure,” a feature film that opens Friday and revisits the true story of Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger a U.S. Air Force pararescueman and medic who personally saved more than 60 men — but died doing it.

The cast includes William Hurt, Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer and Diane Ladd. The project also marks the final appearance in a film by the late Peter Fonda.

The film makes the case that “the ultimate sacrifice deserves the highest honor” — and the circumstances are very specific.

“During a rescue mission on April 11, 1966, he was offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of a combat zone heavily under fire, but he stayed behind to save and defend the lives of his fellow soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division, before making the ultimate sacrifice in the bloodiest battle of the war,” said advance production notes for the film, which screens in some 800 theaters around the nation.

It chronicles the efforts of those fellow soldiers to ensure that the man who saved them is suitably recognized with the Congressional Medal of Honor.

“I hope the film will start a conversation about the costs of military conflict. War is an awful, painful business. No one comes back the same. And yet there are people who will go on behalf of the rest of us and do the things we ask of them,” Todd Robinson, who wrote and directed the movie, told The Washington Times.

“The film is not meant to be jingoistic or political in any way, but I will say this: If you pay taxes in this country, if you are a voter in this country, if you live under the freedoms that others provide, then it is your responsibility — our responsibility — to make sure these young men and women are supported when they come home; that they have places to live and can get educations and health care for their children; and that there are jobs waiting for them. Those are things I care about deeply,” Mr. Robinson said.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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