Video Biography of Marilyn Ferguson

October 13, 2014

It’s been a terrific experience to be creating a fantastic Video Biography of Marilyn Ferguson. I was so impressed with her story of meeting her husband on a train during World War II. And they were married over 50 years. It always amazes me how one chance moment can change a life into a whole new direction. Fascinating story of an Air Force family who traveled all over the world to serve our country. Very nice people.

The Ferguson Family

Ferguson family picture

Interview with Jack Cooper – Veteran WWII

October 13, 2014

I really enjoyed meeting and doing a video biography interview with Jack Cooper, a US Navy veteran from World War II. Jack enlisted in the Navy in Oct 1942 and served under Admiral Billingsly. Jack was instrumental in setting up an ordinance school in Maryland to help people handle bombs and guns more safely. He also was on a ship that sunk an enemy submarine. Jack told me some great stories about living in California back when he was a kid. I really am blessed to be able to meet these guys with incredible stories.

Jack Cooper

Jack Cooper

Interview with Lorin Myring – Veteran of Iwo Jima battle

October 13, 2014

I really enjoyed interviewing US Marine, Lorin Myring, who served in World War II with the Navajo code talkers at one of America’s toughest war battles, Iwo Jima. Lorin was in the Iwo Jima battle for 36 days and 36 nights.

Photo by Bend Bulletin photographer, Kevin Prieto

Lorin Myring with RJ McHatton

lorin myring with rj

Interview with Leon Devereaux – Veteran Corsair fighter pilot

October 13, 2014

Had a great video biography interview with Leon Devereaux, Jr. today. He served as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot in WWII, flying a F4U Corsair off the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La over the Japanese home islands. During an air battle off southern Hokkaido, he was credited with shooting down a twin-engine enemy plane. Admiral John McCain told him “great job, you are one for one!” His last combat flight was over the Battleship Missouri during the signing of the peace document ending WWII in Tokyo Harbor on September 2, 1945. He had over 40 combat missions and was awarded the air medal with three gold stars. Very nice man. He loved flying Corsairs. He said after the war they weren’t hiring many fighter pilots, so he had to get a real job.

Leon Devereaux with RJ McHatton

Leon Devereaux Corsair pilot Okinawa

Interview with Joseph Gallagher – Vietnam Veteran

October 13, 2014

Had an amazing video biography interview yesterday with Joseph M. Gallagher who served in the First Marine Division, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Kilo Company, First Platoon in the US Marine Corp as a rifleman and “tunnel rat” in the Vietnam War. Joseph told me he enlisted as a Marine in1966 knowing he would probably go to Vietnam. It wasn’t long before he was there and in battle his first day. Mr. Gallagher fought in several battles at places with names like Hill 55. He talked about the day he was shot up several times by the enemy in a rice patty. He told me the heroic story of a fellow Marine who risked his own life in the middle of the battle to pick up Joseph, put him over his shoulder and carry him 100 meters to a medic. The medic worked on Joseph for 45 long minutes until the dual rotor helicopter picked him up in a rain of gunfire shooting everywhere. Joseph talked about some of the difficulties he experienced once he got back home, but he had a great family who supported him. Joseph said he talks to that Marine who saved his life every week on the phone. He says his friend lives in New Jersey. Joseph earned the Purple Heart and eight other medals during his service as a US Marine.

Joseph Gallagher with RJ McHatton

Joseph Gallagher vietnam

Video Biography of Nish Zundel

October 13, 2014

It’s been a fantastic experience creating the Video Biography of Nish Zundel from Salt Lake City. Nish has lived an amazing life. From jet fighter pilot to gold miner to entrepreneur. Nish Zundel really has led a Wonderful Life. I am proud to help create his video biography.

Here is a testimonial from Nish’s son Matt who commissioned RJ to make a video biography of Nish Zundel.

“I was at a football game with my good friend and client John Foley and I mentioned some frustrations my family was experiencing in getting a biography book made about my father. John said I should think about doing a video biography and that his good friend RJ McHatton actually has been doing video biographies for years and for clients all over the world. RJ and I connected on the phone and he sent me several samples of RJ’s work I could see online. We put together an agreement and RJ flew into Salt Lake City to interview my father. RJ was caring and did a great job in making my father and family feel comfortable during the interview process. My family and I enjoyed working with RJ. He made the video biography process fun and this experience has actually helped bring our family closer together. I think having this video biography of my father will become a priceless part of our family legacy. To see and hear my father tell his life story in his own words and with his own unique voice captured forever is amazing, inspiring, and very important.

J. Matt Zundel
Salt Lake City, Utah

Here is a picture of Nish Zundel when he was a fighter pilot in the US Air Force.

nish zundel pilot

Video Biography of Kathleen Pulsipher

October 13, 2014

I am so blessed to have made a video biography of a wonderful artist, mother, grandmother, and woman of faith.  I was totally inspired by this incredible woman, Kathleen Pulsipher.

Here is Kathleen’s testimonial about the experience of getting her video biography made by RJ.

“RJ McHatton is a highly skilled video biographer. His technical expertise is top-notch, yet RJ has the creative ability to know how and where to place the visual and the audio elements. He was able to take my ideas and refine them into a much better plan than the one I had envisioned.
RJ was not just interested in me as a client, but as a person whose story he wanted to present in the absolute most memorable way possible. He helped me see the impact my story will have on my descendants sixty years from now. RJ is personable and willing to make certain I was pleased with every part of the video. I highly recommend him to anyone interested in quality and efficiency.”

Kathleen Pulsipher
Salt Lake City, Utah

Kat Engagement pic for newspaper '68

Great article about RJ in “Ageless Magazine”

October 13, 2014

Great article in the Ageless Section of the Bend Bulletin about RJ McHatton’s video biography experiences: CLICK HERE

RJ Interviews World War II Veteran Henry Tiano

October 13, 2014

RJ Interviews World War II Veteran Henry Tiano

Had a great time doing a video biography interview with World War 2 veteran Henry Tiano today. Henry served as a US Army Infantry Staff Sargent in the 75th Infantry in Roanne, France, 40 days at the Battle of the Bulge in below zero temperatures in Belgium, and in fighting at Colmar, France, Holland, and all across Germany. He made Corporal three times and was demoted three times back to Private, once for not getting a haircut. During the war Henry had many jobs in the artillery unit including mess hall Sargent and chauffeur for an officer. He had a couple close calls during the war, including a piece of shrapnel tearing off the shoulder of his coat, but no injuries. One inch more and he could have been hurt bad. After the War Henry went home to his wife in Salem, Oregon, raised a family with 3 kids, and worked for the local natural gas company for thirty years. Henry is a truly humble Italian-American hero, born in Kingston, New York in 1921. All four of his older brothers served in the war, too!

Henry Tiano with RJ McHatton
Henry Tiano Battle of Bulge

Interview with Everett Endicott – aviator World War II

October 13, 2014

Wonderful experience interviewing today with Everett Endicott, who served in the US Army Air Corp and US Air Force from December 1941 to August 1969. Everett first got his flying license in Redmond, Oregon before the WWII started. It cost him $65. With his experience, Everett served in World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War as an aviation instructor. He was instructor on all types of aircraft, from the P40s, P51s, to F84s and numerous other jets in Korea, Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam. Everett received the Bronze Star. He told me how much he liked training in dog fighting. I was most impressed when I met his wife Betty and learned they have been married for 71 years! I asked him what the secret is to a long, happy marriage and he said, “I don’t know.” They raised three children, one who is the mayor of Redmond, Oregon.

Everett Endicott with filmmaker RJ McHatton

Everett Endicott VHP


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