I received this in an email..According to the email a film has been made......
Linda Barnard writes:
Unclaimed follows the dramatic quest of Vietnam vet Tom Faunce to prove that the man he was told about while on a 2008 humanitarian mission in
Southeast Asia was indeed an Army “brother” who had been listed as killed in action and subsequently forgotten.
Faunce, a soft-spoken man who has suffered crushing loss and turmoil throughout his life, has devoted himself to helping the world’s most desperate
people. He was determined to make good on his vow to leave no man behind after serving two years in a war that divided America and made him feel like
a pariah when he finally came home.
“Tom went to meet him (Robertson) and was very skeptical, grilled this guy up and down trying to get him to break, to say, ‘Oh, no, I’m just
making it up.’ And he was adamant he was that guy,” said Jorgensen, who was in Toronto to help host an invitation-only patrons’ screening of
Unclaimed at the Hot Docs Bloor Cinema two weeks ago and sat down for an exclusive interview with the Star.
Robertson’s story seems unbelievable. And Jorgensen was equally skeptical when Faunce contacted him in 2012 about making a doc in the hope it would
add muscle to his quest to reunite Robertson with his American family.
The film is complete with a touching meeting of Robertson and a soldier he had trained in 1960 and also a very moving scene when he is reunited with
his only surviving sibling, 80 year old Jean Robertson-Holly, who had no idea that her brother could even be alive.
According to Jorgensen, “Jean says … ‘There’s no question. I was certain it was him in the video, but when I held his head in my hands and
looked in his eyes, there was no question that was my brother.”
Both the soldier and the sister claimed there was no need of verifying fingerprints and DNA because they knew him at first sight. However, attempts
were made to have DNA testing with his American wife and two children, but though they had previously agreed, they abruptly declined.
“Somebody suggested to me maybe that’s (because) the daughters don’t want to know if it’s him. It’s kind of like, that was an ugly war. It
was a long time ago. We just want it to go away,” says Jorgensen. “I don’t know. What would compel you not to want to know if this person is
your biological father?”
Hugh Tran, a Vietnam-born Edmonton senior police constable, was with Jorgensen to act as a translator between him and Robertson. He could find no
evidence of an American accent at all. “To tell you the truth, after I interviewed him the first time, I was 90 percent sure he is MIA,” said
Trans. “I still didn’t believe . . . until I saw the family reunion.”
Though Robertson appears to forget his birthday and even the names of his American children, Jorgensen says that there are moments that were not in
the film where his memory is quite sharp. “These memories pop out,” says Jorgensen. “I’ll give you an example that’s not in the movie. The
minute he (Robertson) walks in that room in Edmonton, he knows it’s Jean. He says to Henry, her husband, ‘Oh, I remember, you worked in the
drugstore.’” Jean’s husband had been a pharmacist for 50 years.
Both Jean and her husband want answers as to why he was left in Vietnam. They were both involved in a car crash within days of their reunion with
Mr. Robertson is back in Vietnam now, having fulfilled a long awaited wish to see his American family one more time before he dies.
Unclaimed is scheduled to be screened at the G.I. Film Festival in Washington, D.C. in May. Please visit the Unclaimed website or take the time to
introduce this generation to what men like Mr. Robertson and many in this audience have endured in the service of their country.
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