The Purple Heart: The Final Speech

One of the crews that took part in the Doolittle Raid following the Pearl Harbor attack is put on trial by the Japanese government. Captain Ross gives a speech in which he warns the Japanese that the American government will retaliate with force. The whole crew was sentenced to death.

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  1. What does Captain Ross say about American understandings of the Japanese? And the opposite?
  2. What does Captain Ross vow? Why does he say that Japan wanted it?
  3. How are the American crewman sentenced?

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  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify reasons for U.S. involvement in World War II, including Italian, German, and Japanese dicta...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    analyze major military events of World War II, including the Battle of Midway, the U.S. military adv...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    The student understands the causes and impact of World War II. The student is expected to:
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain the major causes and events of World War II, including the German invasions of Poland and th...

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