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Coming Out Under Fire (1994)

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A historical account of military policy regarding homosexuals during World War II. The documentary includes interviews with several gay WWII veterans.

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Phillis Abry ...
Herself - Radio Technician, Women's Army Corps
David Barrett ...
Himself - Storekeeper, U.S. Navy
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Pat Bond ...
Herself - Medical Technician, U.S. Women's Army Corps (scenes deleted)
Margarethe Cammermeyer ...
Herself - Former Colonel & Chief Nurse, Washington National Guard (archive footage)
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Himself - President of the United States (archive footage) (as President Bill Clinton)
Daniel Coats ...
Himself - Senator, R-Indiana (archive footage)
Max Cole ...
Himself - Communications and Boat Officer in the Amphibious Force, U.S. Navy (scenes deleted) (as Ernest Max Cole)
Sarah Davis ...
Herself - Aviation Machinist Mate, WAVES
Elwood Burton Gerrits ...
Himself - Pharmacist Mate Third Class, U.S. Navy (scenes deleted)
Nicolai Gioscia ...
Himself - Psychiatrist, U.S. Army (scenes deleted)
Herbert Greenspan ...
Himself - Psychiatrist, U.S. Navy (as Dr. Herbert Greenspan)
Victoria Hochberg ...
Additional Voice (voice)
David E. Jeremiah ...
Himself - Vice Chairman of theU.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (archive footage)
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A historical account of military policy regarding homosexuals during World War II. The documentary includes interviews with several gay WWII veterans. Written by Travis <mtharris@erols.com>

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Prejudice In The Military - Then & Now See more »


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Interview subjects Phillis Abry and Pat Bond both died between their interview dates and the release/premiere of the film. See more »

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Edna Rostow Research Associate, Dept of Psychiatry, Yale University Student Mental Health Clinic Interview date: May 1, 1993 In 1944, Edna Rostow and Yale University student clinic director, Dr. Clements Fry, completed reports on gays in the military for the Office of Scientific Research and Development. After studying the records of 183 servicemen, which included 46 homosexual soldiers, they found gay soldiers no better or worse than others...and that many "performed well in various military jobs," including combat. They challenged the military's double standard: "Should a man be discharged...for being picked up on leave for homosexual activity with a willing partner, when a heterosexual episode in similar circumstances would not be grounds for discharge?" Rostow and Fry's reports were filed in 1945 and remained classified until 1977, when a federal judge ordered their release along with other studies that questioned the military's policy on homosexuals. Rostow is now retired and living in Portugal. Duration: 4:35 See more »

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I Don't Care
Words by Jean Lenox
Music by Harry O. Sutton
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One of the most important documentaries ever made
6 November 2005 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

This documentary won at least four major awards for excellence, but that only tells part of the story. Yes, it is brilliantly made, but more importantly, it is dead-on IMPORTANT for all of humanity to know the story told here. This film is a great way to teach this part of our history to future generations.

In "Coming Out Under Fire" you get to meet 9 people whose lives were devastated in varying degrees by an unjust anti-gay policy in US armed forces. How many Americans today realize that some of our dedicated American veterans were forced to live in ANIMAL CAGES in hellish heat for months? How many Americans today know that dedicated American veterans were forced to return home branded a "sexual pervert," making it impossible to stay in their hometowns near their families and making it impossible for them to get a job in most parts of America? How many Americans know that valiant, decent, hard-working and dedicated American veterans were robbed of their veterans' benefits for no reason at all? And how many Americans realize that these sins against countless American veterans have still not been corrected or apologized for to this very day in spite of the removal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?

This is a very important film. It sheds a bit of light on one of America's greatest shames. "Coming Out Under Fire" only shows the tip of the iceberg. There are many more stories to be told. But at least this film is a start.


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