William Hooker

William Hooker is one of several soldiers who will be profiled in “Back in Time,” a new documentary airing on OETA.

“A Piece of Home” is a new half-hour documentary from the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) which honors the lives of WWI and WWII soldiers from Oklahoma.

The documentary is a part of OETA’s award-winning Oklahoma history series, “Back in Time.” It is scheduled to premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The documentary centers around Michael Beach, of Maysville. Beach is on a personal mission to leave a rose rock, the official state rock of Oklahoma, at the resting places of the many Oklahomans who gave their lives in the World Wars and who are buried overseas.

“We feel this is an important story of a man who recognized the sacrifice these young Oklahomans made,” said Robert Burch, producer of “Back in Time.” “They died so far away from home. Michael Beach sees the need to honor their memories and give a small bit of comfort to the families that have not been able to visit the graves themselves — letting them know that somebody cares.”

The documentary goes on to highlight the moving stories of several Oklahoma soldiers: Earl McKissick, of Dewey, (WWI); Joseph Oklahombi, the most decorated Oklahoman of WWI; William Wilson, Shattuck (WWI); Ruben Rivers, Tecumseh (WWII Congressional Medal of Honor recipient); and William Verdo Hooker, Broken Bow. Dr. Bob Blackburn, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, provided historical context throughout the documentary.

The program will air at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16; and 7 p.m. Jan. 30.

Additionally, the program will be available to stream online at OETA.tv/pieceofhome and through the PBS app beginning Friday, Jan. 10.

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