Coming Home Alive: the True Story of an American Prisoner of War in World War Two| 1hr : 26mins
Director: Matthew White | Producer: Matthew White
Focus Years: 2005 | Country: United States
"Coming Home Alive" tells the true story of Rishel White. Both a prankster and Southern gentleman, White lived a rough and rugged childhood in the coal mining hills of West Virginia before joining the Army to serve his country. During his military training in Upstate New York, White met his wife, Shirley, occasionally breaking Army rules to visit her off-base before his deployment to Europe. Once on the Continent, he survived enemy bullets and shelling in one of the greatest battles in history, the Battle of the Bulge.
Captured as a Prisoner of War, White was pushed to the brink of survival in prison camp Stalag 4B and ultimately escaped the chaos of a collapsing Nazi Germany. An ocean away his wife waited, pregnant with their first child, uncertain if she would ever see her husband again.
Sixty years have passed but the memories are still vivid for Rishel and his wife, Shirley. They share their inspiring personal story in an award-winning film that captures the incredible strength of the human spirit.