General Event: 'Last Ring Home' by Minter Dial '87

  • 04 Oct 2017
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Royal United Services Institute for Defence & Security Studies, Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET

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'The Last Ring Home"

Screening and Q&A
with filmmaker
Minter Dial '87





About the Event: 
The Last Ring Home is the story of Lt Minter Dial’s Annapolis Naval Academy ring, that miraculously made its way home 17 years after he was killed as a POW of the Japanese in WWII.

This award-winning documentary film, by Minter Dial '87, is being presented by the filmmaker at RUSI (Whitehall) on October 4th. The Last Ring Home is the story of courage, love and honour of a WWII hero, Lt Minter Dial, USN, who won the Navy Cross and was killed as a POW of the Japanese in January 1945. Son of a Senator and father of Victor Dial ’59, Lt Dial’s dying wish was to have his 1932 Annapolis ring returned to his wife. The wish took 17 years to be fulfilled. The Last Ring Home, which is also an award-winning documentary film that was aired nationally on PBS (and History Channel in ANZ), documents the ring’s magical journey across 40,000 miles, and the impact that it has had on so many people along the way.  See the trailer.

‘An inspired feat of historical sleuthing... In this feelingly told account of the heroic life of a grandfather he never knew, Minter Dial reminds us that history, above all else, is personal.’ — Hampton Sides ’84, author of Ghost Soldiers

After the screening, there will be a panel discussion with Professor Graham Dawson, professor of Historical Cultural Studies, with seminal publications on the cultural memory of war and legacies of post-conflict cultures, and Professor Tom Brown, professor ​of film studies at Kings College London.


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