History Specials

Season 1 Episode 105

Unsung Heroes of Pearl Harbor

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Aired Unknown Jun 18, 2009 on The History Channel
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America's myth makers don't like to look into defeats for their heroes. The disaster at Pearl Harbor was such a national humiliation that its chroniclers didn't care to remind the home front of its dead and ravaged. And never mind how hard and how well many of them had fought back, mostly unseen and unhonored. This program repays a debt long outstanding. The special shows that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was so overwhelming in its surprise and force that almost every United States soldier, sailor or Marine that rallied himself to resist it made himself part of a doomed and heroic last stand. It describes how badly these unsung heroes were let down by luck, fate and bureaucracy, shining even brighter light on their valor. The gripping special takes the viewer to the actual locations where unsung heroes fought and died, with live blow-by-blow accounts of the tragedy. The viewer visits the ambushed airfields where a whole air force died on the ground, the string of mooring quays still in place holding the ghosts of sunken battleships, the greatest of the American memorials above the annihilated Arizona ... and the forgotten memorial where the Utah and her crew died with honor. The thundering details of the doomed and epic run for the sea of the Nevada, and the horrific entombment and rescue of sailors in the capsized Oklahoma come out of the mouths of the men who lived that terrible day.moreless
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