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WWII in color: NY vet's footage of Manila in ruins, MacArthur in close-up are made into DVD
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) ' Edwin Fitchett (FICH'-iht) says he had no plans to get close-ups of his boss that rainy, steamy day in the Philippines 65 years ago.
The boss, after all, was Gen. Douglas MacArthur, supreme commander of Allied forces in the Pacific, and Fitchett was just a junior officer doing some off-duty sightseeing.
But he recognized the opportunity, and he trained his home movie camera on MacArthur anyway to get some rare color footage of him.
The scenes are among the highlights of a 71-minute DVD Fitchett has produced from the home movies he filmed while serving in the Pacific at the end of World War II.
Film historians say the clips offer an unusual glimpse of soldiers' lives immediately after the war.