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Cpl. Bishop
Film about Marine premieres in Osgood

Wanda Burnett

How well do you really know your friends and family? One couple decided they want to make sure their family and friends know many sides of a young Marine who gave his life serving his country. They made a documentary of Cpl. John C. Bishop, that shows a side of him some may not see. It showcases his life as his Marine brothers knew him: a funny, big hearted, tough warrior.

Rheann Lowman, niece of Bishop, and husband, Dustin of Columbus, have put together this documentary for their loved one, which will be premiered at the Damm Theatre in Osgood, February 6 at 3 p.m. It is only a half hour long but one that will show many sides of the Marine and keep his name alive. Cpl. Bishop was killed in Afghanistan on September 8, 2010, also the birthday of Rheann. “I’ll never forget it,” she noted, saying she had called her Grandma, Sarah Thomas, who could barely talk telling Rheann, ‘The Marines are here.’ We all knew what that meant,” Rheann recalled. Five years later, Dustin, who is a videographer, was able to capture moments of Cpl. Bishop’s life through his Marine brothers at an annual memorial ride. This began a service that the couple is extending to other military families. Their organization is now underway. They need about $75,000 to get everything in place, but feels confident that will happen. “We want to tell stories of as many veterans as possible,” she noted. It was at her uncle’s funeral at Versailles First Baptist Church, that made Rheann realize what a caring community he had been a part of. “There were so many people there,” she remembered.

There is no charge for seeing the local documentary. Everyone is only asked to bring a non-perishable food item that will be given to the Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry. “We want the community to benefit from the showing,” Rheann said. There will be a donation box if anyone wants to help this young couple with their endeavor, but people are mostly encouraged to come, support a Gold Star family, and their community. “It’s about people,” she concluded with, “Everybody has a story.”

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