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December 7th

“December 7th,” directed by John Ford, begins with the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, nicknamed “the Navy’s hundred million dollar fist.”

Authentic footage of the invasion is mixed with reenactments to provide a complete portrait of the events of that fateful day. An extended sequence pays tribute to the American soldiers killed in the attack, many of whom are individually profiled, complete with testimonials offered by surviving family members. American bravery is not only embodied by the fallen, it is proven by the resolve that comes in response to the attack.

The film culminates in a profile of the Navy’s recovery of one sunken vessel in particular, employing the effort as a metaphor for the American cause, “a symbol of the fighting spirit of our men who build and man our ships.”

Much like this successful refitting, the film suggests that American forces will rise from destruction, stronger than they were before.

Watch the full documentary (33 minutes)

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