Thursday, April 16, 2009

Voices from WWII Come Alive: Doolittle Speaks

History buffs, this comes to us courtesy of
Japan’s late-1941 attack on Pearl Harbor left America feeling vulnerable, and Japan invincible. On April 18, 1942, American pilots – flying from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet – cracked Japan’s confidence. Led by Lieutenant Colonel "Jimmy" Doolittle, their daring raid on Tokyo was the first WWII strike against the Japanese homeland. In 1983, U. S. Naval Institute historians recorded a conversation with Doolittle as part of an oral history project. Until weeks ago, the tapes of that interview sat hidden on a dusty shelf. Rediscovered and digitized, we’ve posted them so you can hear in his own voice, the man who made history with the "Doolittle Raid."

Some other great related links:'s the Course to Midway
Naval History and Heritage Command on The Battle of Midway
PBS on The Perilous Fight

Two recommended books from the Navy Reading Program about WWII in the Pacific:
Eagle Against the Sun
Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

"Accelerate Your Mind"

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