Jonesboro Native Honored In D-day Documentary

January 12, 2006 -- Posted at 10:54 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- Gene Sellers may be best remembered in Jonesboro for his time spent as a Hurricane at Jonesboro High School.

Sellers is one of the thousands of American Soldiers killed on June 6, 1944.

Now a documentary is being made featuring five American soldiers killed on D-day.

"He went off and became a paratrooper of the 101st Airborne and then eventually became a pathfinder," said filmmaker Max Lewkowicz.

Lewkowicz is the producer behind the documentary film "Five".

"We had this idea about five guys and sort of giving them the life that they didn't have," said," Lewkowicz.

The research done by the filmmaker's shows that Gene Sellers was the first American Soldier to die on D-day.

"It's been a real bittersweet experience for momma because it bringing up a lot of memories that I think she had put to rest," said Ann Bailey, Sellers' neice.

This journey started a little more than a year ago, and has been very rewarding for the families of the five men, especially for the family of Gene Sellers.

"For her it's like rekindling a relationship with a person who was part of her and a part of her past," said Lewkowicz.

"I feel like the work that's been done on this will make certain that Uncle Gene's memory will live forever.  As long as the world stands he will live on," said Bailey.

The film "Five" will open on the sixty-third anniversary of D-day at the welcome center in Normandy, France.

It will also play on PBS in the United States.