Veterans Day 2015 – American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood Celebrates Leon Cooper And the Repatriation of 36 US Marines from WWII

Leon Cooper attend the Veterans Day 2015 Screening of "Return to the Philippines, The Leon Cooper story" a documentary chronicling his efforts to bring home WWII American MIAs from the Philippines
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Vanilla Sky's Tamara Henry, Leon Cooper, Kenny C. and family attend "Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story" Veterans Day 2015 Celebration at American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle

Vanilla Fire Production’s Tamara Henry, Leon Cooper, Kenny C. and family attend “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story” Veterans Day 2015 Celebration at American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle

Gerald C. Paulsen (Paulsen Productions,Inc./President) and  Leon Cooper,  attend “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story” Veterans Day 2015 Celebration at American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle

Gerald C. Paulsen (Paulsen Productions,Inc./President) and Leon Cooper, attend “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story” Veterans Day 2015 Celebration at American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle

Vanilla Fire Production’s Tamara Henry and Matthew Hausle with Leon Cooper,  attend “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story” Veterans Day 2015 Celebration at American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle

Vanilla Fire Production’s Tamara Henry and Matthew Hausle with Leon Cooper, attend “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story” Veterans Day 2015 Celebration at American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle

By Clinton H. Wallace 10:37 p.m. November 11, 2015 @clintonhwallace

Hollywood, Nov. 11 (DGC) – Today Is November 11 2015, Veteran’s day in America and I had the privilege of spending this day of remembrance with the awe inspiring WWII Veteran Leon Cooper courtesy of Vanilla Fire Founder and Producer Tamara Henry at the American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood. Since 1919 Post 43 has been composed of Hollywood’s finest professionals in the entertainment industry and Leon Cooper was honored here today, the event began with opening remarks from Congressman Adam Schiff  and a special presentation from the secretary of the US Navy Ray Mabus as well as a “Stars of the Military: Hollywood Star Presentation” to Musical Guest Kenny C who along with his band entertained over 150 veterans and 70 VIPs as they celebrated Vanilla Fire’s patriotic military film series that began in 2008 and led to the repatriation of 36 US Marines in the summer of 2015.  Leon Cooper & Tamara Henry along with Director Matthew Hausle Screened “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story.”  the film depicts  the 95-year old WWII Veteran and national treasure Leon Cooper as he continues the fight for the repatriation of his fallen comrades during his military campaign in the pacific theatre. Cooper was a Higgins boat commander in six major pacific island -hopping campaigns including Iwo Jima and Tarawa, in his duty the young Lieutenant ferried young US Marines into battle.

Vanilla Fire Production’s Tamara Henry and  Leon Cooper,  attend “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story” Veterans Day 2015 Celebration at American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle

Vanilla Fire Production’s Tamara Henry and Leon Cooper, attend “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story” Veterans Day 2015 Celebration at American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle

In the film, Cooper honors the legacy of his fallen marine brothers during the many battles to defend and eventually liberate the Philippines from the brutal grasp of the Japanese Imperial army in which 25,000 Filipinos along with 9000 Americans were killed. During the various campaigns the many brave US Marines that lost their lives still lay in unmarked graves.

Leon Cooper attend the Veterans Day 2015 Screening of "Return to the Philippines, The Leon Cooper story" a documentary chronicling his efforts to bring home WWII American MIAs from the Philippines

Leon Cooper attend the Veterans Day 2015 Screening of “Return to the Philippines, The Leon Cooper story” a documentary film that chronicles the efforts of WWII Vet Leon Cooper to bring home American MIAs from the Philippines ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle

There are 88,000 MIAs from WWII that never came home, at age 95 Cooper is the last WWII Veteran in the fight and “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story.” chronicles Coopers brave efforts to have American MIAs repatriated.

"Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story" Poster Courtesy of Vanilla Fire Productions

“Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story” Poster Courtesy of Vanilla Fire Productions

Mort Schecter attend “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story” Veterans Day 2015 Celebration at American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Mort Schecter (US Army Air Corps 1942-45 Awarded French Legion Of Honour) attend “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story” Veterans Day 2015 Celebration at American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Robert T. Kelly attend “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story” Veterans Day 2015 Celebration at American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle

Robert T. Kelly attend “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story” Veterans Day 2015 Celebration at American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle

Jeanette St. John attend “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story” Veterans Day 2015 Celebration at American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle

Jeanette St. John attend “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story” Veterans Day 2015 Celebration at American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle

Jeanette St. John & Danielle Elizabeth Baker attend “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story” Veterans Day 2015 Celebration at American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle

Jeanette St. John & Danielle Elizabeth Baker attend “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story” Veterans Day 2015 Celebration at American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle

Jeanette St. John & Danielle Elizabeth Baker attend “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story” Veterans Day 2015 Celebration at American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle.com

James Disnuke, Steven L. Meek, Jeanette St. John & Danielle Elizabeth Baker attend “Return to the Philippines: The Leon Cooper Story” Veterans Day 2015 Celebration at American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA ©Clinton H.Wallace/Photomundo International/DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Veterans Day 2015 Event Schedule: the American Legion Post 43

American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood

2035 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Noon-12:45pm red carpet arrivals, presentations for the media

1-1:45pm American Legion Post 43 Ceremony in the Atrium and roll call of our fallen comrades

1:45 – 3pm luncheon in Cabaret Room

1:45pm Veteran Jimmy Weldon leads everyone in singing God Bless America after he gives his Flag monologue for youth patriotism

2pm Screening of the Kenny C. music video Say Goodbye

2pm – 3pm Kenny C. and his band during lunch

3pm On Stage presentations

3:15pm Screening of Return To The Philippines (65 minute film)

4pm – 5pm Kenny C. and his band with Tammy Cash

© Clinton H.Wallace  @clintonhwallace, DemiGoddess Chronicle Entertainment Columnist

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Clinton H. Wallace
About Clinton H. Wallace
Acclaimed celebrity photographer, journalist and film producer, Clinton H. Wallace has over two decades experience working in the entertainment industry. In addition to being a staple at Hollywood A- list red carpet events, this German and Scottish-Jamaican, is a world traveler to the top International Films Festivals, has written and produced numerous award-winning independent feature films, is a published author of three books and is the founder of the Caribbean Web festival and the web series Hollywood Star Blitz.  He resides in Los Angeles.

1 Comment on Veterans Day 2015 – American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood Celebrates Leon Cooper And the Repatriation of 36 US Marines from WWII

  1. Jeanette St. John // November 16, 2015 at 5:17 pm // Reply

    Beautifully well-written article! I was there to participate in this event. I am a member of American Legion Hollywood Post 43 and Navy veteran and it was a great pleasure to honor Leon Cooper and his brave accomplishment.

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