The Greatest Honor

This is the story of a son's last chance to understand the war experience of his father, John Amm, a veteran of "C" Company of the 260th Infantry Regiment, 65th Infantry Division. John Amm's unit was the "tip of the spear" in the Allied push into Germany during the final stages of World War 2. On the 500 mile path the unit took from Le Havre to Linz, John Amm and his fellow infantrymen witnessed the horrors of the Holocaust, and the cost of the war on the people in towns and camps they liberated, as well as the sacrifices made by his comrades in arms. He remained mostly silent about this experience for almost 70 years. This documentary details the journey of discovering John Amm's silent heroism, and preserving his story, and those he served with, for posterity.

  • Kane Farabaugh
    Director
    Something of Love: A Tribute to Roger Amm
  • Kane Farabaugh
    Writer
    Something of Love: A Tribute to Roger Amm
  • Kane Farabaugh
    Producer
    Something of Love: A Tribute to Roger Amm
  • Mark R. Smith
    Producer
  • Roger Amm
    Producer
  • John Amm
    Key Cast
  • Frank Hamburger
    Key Cast
  • Bill Kallas
    Key Cast
  • Roger Amm
    Key Cast
  • John Lynn
    Key Cast
  • Abraham Spanover
    Key Cast
  • Bill Lawson Sr.
    Key Cast
  • Lionel Lawson
    Key Cast
  • Dudley Lawson
    Key Cast
  • Bill Lawson Jr.
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Television
  • Genres:
    War, History, World War 2, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    53 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 23, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    7,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Sidewalk Film Festival
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • 2015 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement, Historical Documentary
    Chicago, Illinois
    November 7, 2015
    National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement, Historical Documentary
Director Biography - Kane Farabaugh

Kane Farabaugh is an Emmy® award-winning television and radio news reporter, independent documentary producer, writer, and filmmaker, and web content provider. He is a proficient "one-man band" videographer, non-linear video editor and producer, and manages multiple projects and products across various digital platforms.

He has reported from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and has covered news events ranging from U.S. Presidential elections to the Olympics.

Kane's career began as a broadcaster in the U.S. Air Force in Korea and Japan. After the military, he worked as a network affiliate reporter at WTVO-TV in Rockford, Illinois, Bay News 9 in Florida, KERO-TV in Bakersfield, California, WOWK-TV in Charleston, West Virginia, and at WSYR-TV in Syracuse, New York.

Kane also served as Director of Special Projects for the American Forces Network Europe in Frankfurt, Germany, where he was named the 2002 Department of the Army Civilian Broadcast Journalist of the Year. At AFN-E, he managed a team producing long-form television projects, including a weekly travel show & coverage of military operations in the Middle East.

He is currently the Midwest Correspondent for Voice of America.

Kane's awards include the 2015 and 2014 Emmy® Award, several RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Awards, several AP Awards including Best Enterprise Reporter and Outstanding One Man Band Videographer, the New York Festivals Award, and numerous others.

Kane's interests include collecting rare books and documents signed by historical figures, focusing on U.S. Presidents. He has been featured on several television programs including the popular History Channel reality TV show "Pawn Stars."

Kane is a proud member of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and is a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International and recipient of the 2011-12 District 6420 New Rotarian of the Year Award. He serves on the Ottawa Township High School Educational Foundation board.

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Director Statement

We all have a family member who was in some way affected by or shaped by World War II. I was unable to ask my own grandfathers about their combat experience in World War II, and this film is in many ways my effort to help someone else capture the opportunity to understand and appreciate the sacrifice and service of those who answered the call of their country in the most imperiled hour of the planet. To help frame this story, I chose not to have a narrator, but rather allow the veterans profiled in this documentary tell their own story, in their own words, in their own way. Titles help flush out the facts of their experiences, but the story is meant to give control to those who experienced and witnessed the events firsthand. Weaving natural sound, newsreel clips, and never before seen still images provided by the veterans, this non narrative documentary is meant to inspire others to understand why the greatest honor for the "Greatest Generation" is to never forget. Hopefully through that process, they can record and preserve those memories and experiences for posterity, or consider contributing that story to the Veterans History Project, a project of the American FolkLife Center at the Library of Congress.