Uncommon Courage: The D-Day Battle of Graignes

The Horry County Museum will feature a film Uncommon Courage, a locally produced documentary about American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne on D-Day.  The film is free and open to the public, and will be presented at 1:00 PM, Saturday, December 16th in the auditorium at the Horry County Museum, located at 805 Main Street, Conway, SC.

The featured documentary tells the remarkable story of the little known battle of Graignes – described as the “Alamo of D-Day”. When the D-Day invasion of France began on June 6, 1944, approximately 180 American paratroopers were accidentally dropped far from their drop zone, and landed outside the small village of Graignes in Normandy, right in the path of a major German counterattack.  Assisted by French villagers, the American paratroopers at Graignes made a courageous stand against a force of German S.S. troops that was ten time their size.

“It’s one of the most dramatic stories of D-Day, and yet, hardly anyone has ever heard of it” said author and historian Rod Gragg, who is the producer of the documentary. “What happened at Graignes is an extraordinary example of common people who displayed uncommon courage: both the American paratroopers and the civilians of Normandy who helped them.  As this documentary reveals, the story of the Battle of Graignes is more than just military history, it’s also a very moving and inspiring human story.”

Uncommon Courage was shot at historic sites in Normandy, France and its on-camera commentary includes eyewitness accounts by a French survivor of the battle and by WWII veteran Bob Hirsch of Myrtle Beach. The film is sponsored as a public service by Goldfinch Funeral Services, Coastal Carolina University, Joseph Sanders Dentistry of Conway and HTC.  This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 843-915-5320 or email hcgmuseum@horrycounty.org. To view a full list of programs, visit our website at www.horrycountymuseum.org.