It was a moment that inspired a generation. April 18, 1942 - 75 years ago this spring. Eighty men on 16 U.S. Army bombers launched from the deck of the USS Hornet, deep in enemy waters. Their target: the heart of Imperial Japan.
The legendary Doolittle Raid came at America's darkest moment in World War II. The boost in morale it provided U.S. service members - and Americans at home - rallied a nation in desperate need of hope. It also led the Japanese to shift resources to protect the home islands, which would have a direct impact on the outcome of the epic Battle of Midway, the U.S. victory that turned the tide of World War II.
About the World War II Veterans Committee
The World War II Veterans Committee got its start with the highly successful World War II Chronicles radio series. This series, hosted by the late Ed Herlihy - known as the "Voice of World War II" - became a big hit nationwide with over 500 stations carrying the weekly series in the 1990's. Following the success of the series, the World War II veterans committee was launched and became our nation's premier organization dedicated to the delivery of veterans stories through all forms of media.
The World War II Veterans Committee and its parent organization, the American Veterans Center, supports a wide range of programs including film, television, radio and publications in an effort to preserve the legacy of the World War II generation for current and future generations.
The World War II Veterans Committee and American Veterans Center are projects of the American Studies Center, a 501(c)(3)non-profit educational foundation. Donations made to either organization are tax-deductible.
Help Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of World War II
The mission of the World War II Veterans Committee is even more crucial this year, in 2016, as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War II.
In 2013, the Department of Defense spent $7.5 million to commemorate the 6th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War.
Congress also set aside $100 million for a 13-year program to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
But Congress has budgeted nothing
to commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War II. That's why it's vital that the World War II Veterans Committee forms a special 75th Anniversary Commission. Here's how you can help.
The National Memorial Day Parade
When the team at AVC realized that there was no Memorial Day Parade in our nation's capital, they worked together to form the Nation's largest Memorial Day event: The National Memorial Day Parade. The parade draws hundreds of thousands of spectators to the National Mall to pay tribute to those who have served, are serving, and most importantly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country.
A Final Toast: Documentary
The story of 80 men – and one mission that changed a war and defined a generation. While the story of the Doolittle Raid has been told many times, this retelling will look closely at the Raiders as individual men, the mission that changed the war, and the legacy they left behind. This Emmy-winning film was produced by the American Veterans Center, World War II Veterans Committee, and Tim Gray Media.
Featured Oral History: Adone Calderone
75 years ago, the Japanese attack on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor plunged the United States into World War II. Adone “Cal” Calderone was a musician in the U.S. Navy, stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He is among the survivors to witness the attack and defend his ship, USS West Virginia on that fateful day.
World War II Curriculum
The World War II Veterans Committee’s comprehensive World War II Curriculum seeks to give high school teachers a valuable tool in teaching the true history of the Second World War. The curriculum is designed to preserve and document the legacy of the world’s greatest conflict in a way that is simple for teachers and engaging for students.
American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes
Some of the greatest stories of World War II and military history were honored at the American Veterans Center's program, American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes
. The televised Emmy-winning awards show featured stories of valor from the Greatest Generation to the latest generation. Watch the full program here.
2017 Commemorative Calendar
Now available on sale – the 2017 World War II Veterans Committee Commemorative Calendar! Just $15 including shipping! This special edition calendar features the epic battles throughout the Second World War, along with facts, statistics, and information on all the key moments of the war.