Hamner Barber Theater Honors Iwo Jima Veterans

Hamner Barber TheaterThree American heroes will be honored for their courage this Friday evening at the Hamner Barber Theater in Branson.

“Thank You’s Not Enough” is a magical, multimedia tribute to American Veterans and active service members and is the new finale of the popular Hamner Barber Variety Show on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway.

Featured are three survivors of the WWII Battle for Iwo Jima, Major John Keith Wells, Marines (TX), Ray Victor Snapp, Navy-USS Pensacola (OH), and Richard F. Green, Marines-USS Pensacola (AR).

Major John Keith Wells led what is believed to be the most decorated platoon in Marine history, the 3rd Platoon, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division. This platoon was made famous for its attack on Mt. Suribachi and for raising the first flag on the summit. He wrote a memoir about his command of and war time experiences entitled “Give Me 50 Marines Not Afraid to Die: Iwo Jima”. He was also featured in the History Channel production, Shootout! Iwo Jima: Fight To The Death.

Watch a portion of Shootout! Iwo Jima (warning: graphic battle scenes)
Shootout! Scene One (Wells begins at 5:36) | Shootout! Scene Two

This may be the only time that these three highly decorated Veterans will appear together in person as part of the full Hamner Barber Variety Show and the producers of the show, Dave Hamner and Jim Barber are so excited that they are inviting the community to attend the special show at an area-appreciation ticket price of only $5.00 (+tax). Discounted tickets are available to card carrying residents of Stone, Taney, Marion, Baxter, Barry, Greene, Christian, Lawrence, Polk, Webster, Carroll and Boone counties.

Free Event this Friday & Saturday

The theater also invites everyone to attend the “Hand-In-Hand” Branson honors Purple Heart Recipients events this Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. This exciting and free event is produced by Branson.com and Branson Tourism Center. Visit their website for more information on the various activities.

For reservations call 417-334-4363 or visit the box to purchase tickets beforehand. Seating may be limited.

Related Websites: www.HamnerBarber.com, www.Branson.com

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  1. […] we were privileged to meet Eddie and his wife Connie when they participated in this year’s Hand-In-Hand Branson Honors Purple Heart Recipients Celebration here at our Hamner Barber Theater in April sponsored by Branson.com and the Branson […]

  2. […] The 9.5 minute tribute is the finale to the Hamner Barber Variety Show and features an original song, orchestrated by music writer and composer Bobby Hamilton especially for this production. Sung by Dave Hamner and Jim Barber with vocal backups from the show cast, the song becomes the background to a multimedia history lesson presented on three screens across the front of the stage area. Featured on the video are three surviving heroes of the World War II Battle for Iwo Jima: Ray Victor Snapp, Richard F. Green, and Col. John Keith Wells. These three gentlemen appeared in person at the first annual Hand-In-Hand Branson Honors Purple Heart Recipients in April 2009 at the Hamner Barber Theater. Read more about that event. […]

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