EVERY THURSDAY American History

Land of the free and home of the brave. See the stories of bold visionaries who set a course for the new world and helped to build the American Experiment.


May 30, 2024

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Unsung Heroes of Pearl Harbor

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was so overwhelming in its surprise and force that almost every U.S. soldier, sailor, or marine that rallied to resist it became part of a doomed and heroic last stand. These unsung heroes were let down by luck, fate, and bureaucracy. This gripping special takes viewers to the actual locations were these heroes fought and died, with blow-by-blow accounts of the tragedy from the men who lived that terrible day.




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Hidden Heroes: The Nisei Soldiers of WWII

The unsung story of America's Nisei warriors of WWII, the sons of Japanese immigrants who volunteered by the thousands after Pearl Harbor and served in a segregated regiment to fight in some of the bloodiest battles of WWII. Featuring sit-down interviews, archival imagery, illustration, and narration, the documentary will center around the Nisei soldiers of the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of the US military, and the Military Intelligence Service, a group of Nisei linguists and translators who are credited with shortening the war and saving millions of lives.




Pacific: The Lost Evidence

Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941--"a date which will live in infamy". The unprovoked attack on the US Pacific Fleet moored at Pearl Harbor is one of the key moments in modern history.




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U.S.S. Bowfin: Pearl Harbor Avenger

The submarine USS Bowfin made nine patrol runs during WWII, all packed with hair-raising adventures. In the course of sinking some 175,000 tons of Japanese shipping.




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Pearl Harbor: 75 Years Later

This documentary special takes us on a journey through the "day that will live in infamy," by exploring the biggest stories and lesser known details that still surprise us 75 years later. Accounts from experts, military minds, and even those who lived through it, will show how this tragedy continues to shape our country today.




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First to Fight: The Black Tankers of WWII

A group of African-American men who fought and died for the country that discriminated against them, during WWII, the 761st Tank Battalion made history as the first all-black tank unit to see combat. And like the Tuskegee Airmen, they proved they were as competent as any soldier in the US military. Over the course of 183 days on the front, the 761st helped liberate more than 30 towns under Nazi control. Collectively they were awarded 11 Silver Stars, 70 Bronze Stars, 250 Purple Hearts, and a Medal of Honor.




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Tuskegee Airmen: Legacy of Courage

In this one-hour special, Robin Roberts explores the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, the legendary group of African American pilots including her father that served in WWII, revealing how these warriors for change helped end segregation in the military and pave the way for the civil rights movement.

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