Heroes Foundation to Ask Motion Picture Academy to Award “Special Heroes Oscar” to Hollywood Legend, Merian C. Cooper, For His Uniquely Heroic and Inspirational Life

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The Foundation to Illuminate America’s Heroes has named legendary Hollywood producer, Merian C. Cooper, the “Greatest American Hero of the 20th Century”. The Foundation is announcing a worldwide campaign asking people around the world to add their name to a petition asking the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences to award a “Special Heroes Oscar” to Merian C. Cooper for his incredibly heroic and inspirational true life story.

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“Merian Caldwell Cooper is a singularly unique individual whose amazing and heroic life story simply must be told to inspire a whole new generation”

The Foundation to Illuminate America’s Heroes has named legendary Hollywood producer, Merian C. Cooper, the “Greatest American Hero of the Twentieth Century.” The Foundation will shortly launch a worldwide campaign asking people around the globe to add their name to a petition requesting that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences award a “Special Heroes Oscar” to Merian C. Cooper for his incredibly heroic and inspirational life.

“Merian Caldwell Cooper is a singularly unique individual whose amazing and heroic life story simply must be told to inspire a whole new generation,” said David C. Jamison, executive director of the Foundation.” “Long before coming to Hollywood and producing many motion pictures, most notably the original “King Kong” movie, Merian Cooper, following a distinguished career in the Air Corp during World War I, voluntarily and heroically risked his life to repay America’s debt to the two Polish officers, Tadeusz Kosciuszko and Kazimierz Pulaski , who voluntarily came to America’s aid in our War for Independence. Merian Cooper, in the 20th Century, voluntarily created and formed the Kosciuszko Squadron of American and Polish pilots who fought for Poland in the Polish-Bolshevik War of 1919-1921. Cooper and his fellow pilots risked their lives for freedom, just as Pulaski and Kosciuszko had done earlier. Three of the American fighter pilots gave their lives and Cooper’s plane was shot down and he spent months in a Soviet prisoner of war camp. The Americans helped the Poles smash the Bolsheviks at the gates of Warsaw in what is known as “The Miracle on the Vistula River.” Cooper and the other Americans received Poland’s highest military honor, the “Militari Virtuti,” which is equivalent to our American “Congressional Medal of Honor.” Twenty years later, during World War II, Cooper, then at the height of his great Hollywood career as a Producer, re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and became America’s oldest active duty fighter pilot, flying with the “Flying Tigers” in China, under the command of famed General Chennault.”

“Merian C. Cooper is no stranger to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences,” Mr. Jamison continued, “In 1953, at the 25th celebration of the Oscars, Mr. Cooper, along with fellow Producer John Ford, was presented with an Oscar for the nominee film: “The Quiet Man.” Merian C. Cooper, at the same event, was presented with an Honorary Oscar “for his many innovations and contributions to the art of motion pictures.” (from Academy archives)

“The Foundation’s mission, as a tax exempt educational charity, is to seek out and illumine the lives of true American heroes,” said Jamison, “Merian C. Cooper’s life is so heroic and inspirational; it needs to be illuminated for the world to see. That is why the Foundation is developing a full Hollywood feature film to tell this life story. And that is why the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences should make a “Special Hero Oscar” award to Merian C. Cooper.”

The Foundation has also announced that it is asking Mel Gibson and Randall Wallace to team up again as they did in their great work in the film “Braveheart” to produce a new “Braveheart” to inspire the world with the incredible and inspirational true life story of “America’s Greatest Hero of the Twentieth Century”, Merian C. Cooper.

“On behalf of the Foundation, I am personally appealing to potential investors, producers and partners to contact me as soon as possible to get involved at this initial state in the development of the exciting project to produce a feature film on the life of Merian C. Cooper. Please contact me directly at davidj(at)illuminateamericasheroes(dot)com or by calling me at (334) 718-9501.”

The Foundation invites the public and the media to visit its website at http://www.illuminateamericasheroes.com, to read the written film treatment titled “Honor To You” and to view the YouTube video film treatment titled “The Greatest Story Not Yet Told!”, and to learn all the details of the Foundation’s mission and of this inspirational film project. David C. Jamison, the Foundation’s executive director, is available for all interviews and media questions and for the public directly at davidj(at)illuminateamericasheroes(dot)com or by phone at (334) 718-9501.

Contact information:
David C. Jamison, Executive Director
The Foundation to Illuminate America’s Heroes, Inc.
http://www.illuminateamericasheroes.com
davidj(at)illuminateamericasheroes(dot)com
(334) 718-950l

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