"I've seen a lot of numbers, but somewhere between 600 and 1,000 World War II veterans die each day," he said.
"Less than 10 percent of the men and women who served in that war are still alive. So it shouldn't come as a great shock that one of the men I interviewed for the Voices of War documentary project died before I finished it up."
Eugene Lusk was born Jan. 18, 1925 on Bud Mountain, Wyoming County, and died at the age of 88.
Douglas met him last August at his home in Herndon, where the aging veteran told him about leaving for Europe in 1944. He was trained to load and unload supplies. He saw combat, guarded prisoners and survived to come home. Douglas describes Lusk as a gracious man with an easygoing manner.
"As I worked on the project and interviewed more veterans, I was struck by the similarity in their stories," Douglas said. "Whether they served in Afghanistan or in World War II, their stories were very much alike. They talked about home, family, camaraderie, and doing their duty. They loved their fellow soldiers and felt guilty if they had to leave them behind."
Douglas had a few donors for his Voices of War project, but it was mainly self-funded.
"I would never have been able to complete the project without the help of West Virginia State University Economic Development Center and DigiSo," he said.
The premiere will be free. Donations will be accepted for the Veterans Center on the West Side.
The documentary will be made available to veterans groups around the state to show as a fundraiser for their local organizations. Douglas also will be selling copies of the book, "Common Valor," which includes longer histories about the veterans who were interviewed.
"Voices of War" may be seen 7 p.m. May 28 at Emmanuel Baptist Church at 1401 Washington St. W.
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Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.