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Six Members of the Armed Forces Join TCM To Celebrate Veterans Day

Guest Programmers From All Five Military Branches Curate Film Lineup Nov. 11

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is paying tribute to those who served with a day of films programmed and hosted by veterans from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy. For the second year in a row, six veterans will join TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz to discuss their experiences in the military as well as the films they selected that have been meaningful to them. Programming begins at 12:45pm EST on Nov. 11 and airs throughout the day.

TCM’s veteran guest programmers include:

Lynelle White

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserves

Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Film Choice: A Raisin in the Sun (1961) airing 12:45pm EST

Interesting Fact: White was a pilot who acquired more than 2,200 flying hours during her service and then became a writer on Army Wives.

John Pruitt

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Film Choice: Breaking Away (1979) airing 3:15pm EST

Interesting Fact: During his military career, Pruitt served as Social Aide to The President of the United States under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and earned three Meritorious Service Medals and four Coast Guard Commendation Medals.

Dan Deitz

Master Sergeant, U.S. Army

Lives in Keizer, OR

Film Choice: The Guns of Navarone (1961) airing 5:15pm EST

Interesting Fact: Deitz went on to serve on the Salem Police Department for 32 years, retiring in 2010.

Sean Adams

Corporal, U.S. Marines

Lives in Maysville, GA

Film Choice: The Longest Day (1962) airing 8:00pm EST

Interesting Fact: Adams wants to open a muscle car garage and help other wounded veterans with similar passions.

James Taku Leung

Sergeant, U.S. Marines

Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Film Choice: The D.I. (1957) airing 11:15pm EST

Interesting Fact: Leung also referees sumo matches and hosts sumo shows around the world.

Brenda Garcia

Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy

Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Film Choice: Man of La Mancha (1972) airing 1:15am EST

Interesting Fact: Garcia has been on Air Force One more times than she can count as the Photographer’s Mate who documented events for the National Archives and Presidential Libraries of Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

About Turner Classic Movies

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world highlighting the entire spectrum of film history. TCM features the insights from Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz along with hosts Alicia Malone and Dave Karger, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests and serves as the ultimate movie lover destination. Currently in its 24th year as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed series like The Essentials, along with annual programming events like 31 Days of Oscar® in February and Summer Under the Stars in August. TCM also directly connects with movie fans through events as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, the TCM Big Screen Classics series in partnership with Fathom Events, as well as through the TCM Classic Film Tour in New York City and Los Angeles. In addition, TCM produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs, and hosts a wealth of material online at and through the Watch TCM mobile app.

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