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GI Film Festival San Diego

Living History: Our Hometown Hero

Directed by Jose Roman, Guadalupe Blancas, Victoria Stauffer, Bryson Newsom, Janet Valdovinos, and Damaris Robles.

Local Film Showcase Selection / USA / 2016 / documentary / 5 mins / English

Plays In:
Local Film Showcase

UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center
September 18, 2016 1:00 pm Sold Out


Born in San Diego , CA on December 27, 1924, Robert Noble realized his love for airplanes when his father brought home a balsam-wood model for him to assemble. As a child, he “ate, dreamed and lived’ airplanes, cementing his future in the 8th grade, where he proclaimed his career as a pilot to his fellow students at Roosevelt Junior High School in San Diego. It was also at this school where Bob met and fell head over heels for his childhood sweetheart, Miss Cotta Donnell, who would become his wife and true love for 64 years.

The most significant month in his life was August 1945, starting with the news that two atomic weapons had been dropped on Japan on August 6th and 9th of 1945. On August 21st, Bob was commissioned and designated a naval aviator in the last war time class at Pensacola. On August 28, Bob married his junior high girlfriend, Cotta, in a marriage that lasted 64 years. He enlisted in the US Navy on December 13, 1942 where he applied for the Navy Aviation Cadet Program. Bob entered active duty in July of 1943.

Bob’s naval career spanned 31 years, 6 months, and 18 days. During his service he flew PBY-6A, PBM-5 Mariner seaplane, and completed search & rescue missions in a HU-16 “Albatross.” His message for today’s generation: “Your education is the foundation and preparation for the rest of your life. It really never ends; learning is a lifelong pursuit. NEVER drop out of school. If you can go to college, GO! Find a way. If you love what you are doing, it will never be work.”

Director's Bio

This film was produced by the video journalism students at Rancho Minerva Middle School in Vista, CA. This class encourages young filmmakers to learn all parts of production and workflow, and to become “experts” in their craft. A small team of 5 students produced this film, and include: Guadalupe Blancas [videographer], Jose Roman [camera], Janet Valdovinos [sound], Victoria Stauffer [talent], and Bryson Newsom [post production]. Together, they worked from start to finish to tell the story of 91-year-old Retired Commander Robert Noble, our hometown hero.

To date, this film has received multiple awards including Grand Recognition at the San Diego County of Education’s iVIE awards, Best in Class and Best in Show for the 2016 San Diego Fair, and the invitation & acceptance to participate in the GI Film Festival San Diego.


  1. A Return to the End

    Pat Clark / Local Film Showcase Selection / USA / 2015 / documentary / 56 mins
    A Return to the End follows a small group of U.S. Marines as they return to Vietnam 40 years after their dramatic exit from the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. Set against the backdrop of Vietnam’s 40th reunification anniversary celebration, this story highlights the remnants of war and the efforts made to remember those who did not return.

    Preceded by: Living History: Our Hometown Hero

    Precedes: The Light Once Captured

Plays in

  1. Veteran in Washington D.C. visiting the veterans memorials. Photo courtesy of Travis Weger.

    Local Film Showcase

    Local Film Showcase
    The Local Film Showcase demonstrates a commitment to San Diego’s local military community. The films featured in the showcase are by filmmakers who serve, or have served in the U.S. military from San Diego or Imperial Counties.

    In This Program: Honor Flight: The Ride of a Lifetime, The Flying Greek, Living History: Our Hometown Hero, The Light Once Captured, A Return to the End

Preceded By

  1. The Flying Greek

    Mark Vizcarra / Local Film Showcase Selection / USA / 2016 / narrative / 12 mins
    This film follows the story of Steve Pisanos' journey as he becomes a fighter ace during World War II.

    Preceded by: Honor Flight: The Ride of a Lifetime

    Precedes: Living History: Our Hometown Hero

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Plays In:
Local Film Showcase

UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center
September 18, 2016 1:00 pm Sold Out


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