Grant supports making of South Dakota WWII veteran film

FORT PIERRE - The South Dakota Community Foundation has donated a $10,000 grant to help make and premiere a short documentary film about World War II veteran.

The Capital Journal reports the grant was presented to the Ellsworth Heritage foundation and filmmaker John Mollison.

Mollison says the grant has been crucial in making the film.

The film "Dakota Warrior" will focus on Lt. Cmdr. John Waldron, an aerial hero of the Battle of Midway that swung World War II against the Japanese. He led the squadron of 15 torpedo bombers in a mission in 1942.

One of the 30 men who survived says Waldron's plane crash into the sea, guns blazing. Waldron was awarded the Navy Cross for his bravery in the fatal mission.

The film is scheduled to be finished next month.