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Morning Report

Major Motion Picture about my Father’s (Charlie Amero) incredible war experiences in World War II, chasing the Nazis across Europe.

Morning Report

Major Motion Picture about my Father’s (Charlie Amero) incredible war experiences in World War II, chasing the Nazis across Europe.

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About

  • Charlie Amero Movie Project

A bitter cold December morning in 1944 two officers from the 26th Infantry Regiment made their way towards the only farmhouse they could find in the region.  They were in Clermont, Belgium and they just spent the last thirteen days fighting one of the most brutal battles of the war in the Hurtgen Forest. The only thing on their minds was finding a warm spot for their unit to spend a few nights and get some much-needed rest, they knocked on the door.

Eleven year old Marcel opened the door to find two soldiers that looked weary and tattered.  Henri Schmetz joined his son at the doorway. The man asked if they could put a few soldiers up for a few days rest in their barn. Henri agreed and his family hurried to get the place ready as the soldiers went back to get their troops. Early that evening the two officers arrived along with a caravan of trucks. Marcel looked outside to see over 100 exhausted and dirty American soldiers looking to this generous family for some warmth and comfort.

Henri Jr. (16) and Marcel (11) Schmetz in 1944. Henri Jr. would have to hide away in a special room built in their home upstairs. Henri was 16 years old and would be drafted into the German Army if discovered. The American soldiers were a sight for sore eyes for the entire family.

Some stories educate us on the ugly truths and hatred of war. The story about Charlie Amero demonstrates the power of the human heart.

Charlie Amero, November 1943 in Swanage England training for D Day Landing at Omaha Beach.

In the spring of 2001, my father called to tell me he had received a letter.  This call would change the course of my life setting me on a journey to learn about my Father’s War. The letter was from Marcel and Mathilde Schemetz, the owners of the “Remember Museum 39-45” in Clermont, two miles from the American cemetery in Henri-Chappelle Belgium, where several of Charlie’s friends are buried. They wanted to know if Charlie was one of the soldiers of Company D that stayed at Marcel’s parent’s farmhouse in December 1944. Marcel was 11 years old at that time.

Marcel and Mathilde Schmetz laying a wreath at memorial for WWII soldiers in Bullingen, Belgium. Honoring Charlie’s 26th Infantry Regiment and the 1st Infantry Division, for courage at the Battle of the Bulge and freeing them from Nazi occupation.

Charlie and 110 soldiers of Company D did stay at the Farmhouse, in-between the battle of the Hurtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge. Charlie lost his best friend in the Hurtgen Forest, dying in their foxhole wounded by a tree burst. All totaled Charlie would bury (37) soldiers he had trained with in England. For three weeks the soldiers enjoyed a much-deserved rest from the daily rigors of combat. That rest ended at midnight December 16th, 1944. Charlie and the soldiers of Company D climbed out of their warm sleeping bags to go fight the Nazis again.

Charlie and the 26th Infantry Regiment on their way to the “Hot Corner” to fight the Nazis for the town of Butgenbach. Charlie was one of only a handful of veterans remaining that landed on Omaha Beach in June. They would be fighting the Waffen-SS in some of the most brutal combat situations in the units history.
Charlie and Soldiers of the 26th Infantry Regiment (The Blue Spaders) on the way to another battle during the Battle of the Bulge.

For the last 18 years I have been researching Charlie’s war travels and looking for someone to write a screenplay.  We need a script and a good script. Good scripts cost money. The perfect person to write this incredible story I met 18 years ago. John Jacobsen is an Emmy Award winning writer, director and producer. John has been a great friend, a mentor, and knows Charlie’s story well. John has some great ideas on how to bring this story to the big screen, one we will all be proud of.

John Jacobsen, Emmy Award screenwriter, director and producer.

I could use your help in raising the money needed to get the screenplay written. My father and millions of soldiers fought hard for our country and helped save the world. Charlie was a humble and very kind man. The kind of man everyone loved. He also would never tell anyone his own story. So, I along with your help, we will tell the story for him.  We must not forget about all the men who sacrificed their lives so we could enjoy the freedom we have today.

I also want to recognize the countless hours Mathilde and Marcel Schmetz spend each year honoring the memories of the American soldiers that freed them from tyranny!

Charlie (on Right) and Marcel at the Company D soldiers reunion in June 2001. A friendship that lasted for over 50 years and thousands of miles apart!
Marcel paints the names of the soldiers on the museum wall after they pass away. Charlie Amero passed away July 2003.

Risks and challenges

This project is to get the screenplay written by John Jacobsen. When completed we will work very hard to get the movie made into a major motion picture. All business ventures come with risk that I understand very well. John Jacobsen has many very professional contacts in the film making industry. He is very well know and accomplished in the industry. The risk of having the screen play read by producers is not the same as someone breaking into the industry. Our team as an excellent chance to make this project happen.

In addition, I have over 18 years of research completed for this story and John and I have been working on this project in one way or another for that same eighteen year period. I have very high confidence and as you will see in the video, I have persistence and am determined to have this movie made.

We must never forget all the courageous soldiers from all past wars and present that have given so much to maintain the freedoms we enjoy.

This movie is needed today to keep the memories of the greatest generation alive.
Thank you for any donation you could offer to help me on this quest.

Thank you,
Rick Amero

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    A RARE OPPORTUNITY! A thirty minute phone call with master coach and Emmy-winning director, John Jacobsen.
    John is an accomplished writer, director and teacher with deep professional experience, and has a very successful track record in helping all kinds of writers, from beginners to expert, from screenwriters to playwrights to novelists.
    You could spend the time pitching the movie idea you have had rolling around for years, ask John about his approach to writing a screenplay, or ask him anything else you would like.

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