Available Lesson Plans

  • They Volunteered for This: Merrill’s Marauders-Coming Soon!

    1944 | War in Pacific
    THE FILM: Narrated by Television News icon Tom Brokaw. A film focusing on one of World War II’s most heroic and least talked about units. Merrill’s Marauders fought in Burma in 1944-1945 under the legendary Frank Merrill. Merrill’s Marauders were all volunteers who specialized in “hit and run” tactics in the jungles and mountains of...
  • Elvis and the USS Arizona-Coming Soon!

    1941 | War in Pacific
    THE FILM: Narrated by CBS’ Jim Nantz and with actor Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Bloodline, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo). In the late-1950’s the USS Arizona Memorial Commission was struggling to raise money for a memorial that should have been fully funded by now. After all, 1,1777 crewmen died on December 7, 1941, on the...
  • Surrender on the USS Missouri

    1945 | War in Pacific
    THE FILM: Narrated by Country Music’s number one recording star, Luke Bryan. On September 2nd, 1945, World War II came to its official end aboard a legendary battleship anchored in Tokyo Bay. Some seventy million people had died during the war, but now the fighting would end not with a rifle shot but rather with...
  • 1st to Fight: Pacific War Marines

    1942 | War in Pacific
    THE FILM: Narrated by Jon Seda. 1st to Fight: Pacific War Marines follows several Americans of the famed 1st Marine Division who took part in the United States’ first significant land offensive of World War II on the Pacific island of Guadalcanal. These same Marines then went on to fight in bloody battles at Cape...
  • 4-4-43: Lt. Col. William Edwin Dyess and The Greatest Story of the War in the Pacific

    1943 | War in Pacific
    THE FILM: Narrated by Dale Dye. April 4, 1943, ten American prisoners of war and two Filipino convicts executed a daring escape from one of Japan’s most notorious prison camps. The prisoners were survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March and the Fall of Corregidor, and the prison from which they escaped was surrounded by...
  • The Portillo Expedition: Mystery on Bougainville Island

    1943 | War in Pacific
    THE FILM: Narrated by Gary Sinise. Follow a crew of explorers, led by legendary Chicago restaurateur Richard Portillo, to Bougainville, New Guinea to the northern Solomon Islands (Southwest Pacific) as they trek through dense jungle and deep mud to visit the remote site of the plane wreck of famed Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto’s crashed Betty...
  • War Journal: Major Damon “Rocky” Gause

    1942 | War in Pacific
    THE FILM: Narrated by Chandler Massey with Kyle Chandler. War Journal tells the story of one of the most incredible escapes in World War II. Two Americans, both escapees of Bataan, Damon Gause from Corregidor as well who, in 1942, in a leaky 20-foot fishing boat, escaped and sailed from the Philippines to Australia and...
  • Uncle Jack: Manhattan Project and Beyond

    1941 | War in Pacific
    THE FILM: The Manhattan Project was an enormous undertaking that required the efforts of many of the world’s most brilliant intellectuals. Hundreds of physicists, mathematicians, and engineers were needed to design, build, and test the world’s first atomic weapon and the United States government did everything in its power to lure these individuals to the...
  • World War II: Saving the Reality

    1939 | War in Europe
    THE FILM: Narrated by Dan Aykroyd. From the Holocaust to the dropping of the Atomic bombs, this film tells the story of an individual who owned the largest private collection of World War II artifacts in the world. Over 50 interviews with veterans and survivors of the war help tell the story of the meaning...
  • Remember Pearl Harbor

    1941 | War in Pacific
    THE FILM: Narrated by Tom Selleck. The focus of this film is on the military and civilian survivors of Pearl Harbor, all of whom had totally different experiences on December 7, 1941. Woven into their stories is the perspective of Daniel Martinez, Chief Historian of the Valor in the Pacific Monument at Pearl Harbor and...
  • Lifeline: Pearl Harbor’s Unknown Hero

    1941 | War in Pacific
    THE FILM: Narrated by Gary Sinise. Joe George is probably a name unfamiliar to almost every American, but on December 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor, Joe George was every bit a hero in the opening moments of America’s violent entry into World War II. George, a crewman on the USS Vestal, which was moored alongside...
  • Journey Home to the U.S.S. Arizona

    1941 | War in Pacific
    THE FILM: Narrated by Matthew Broderick. We follow the family of USS Arizona survivor Raymond Haerry on a 5,000-mile journey as they return to Pearl Harbor to place their father’s ashes back aboard the great battleship. Ray Haerry, Sr. passed away in September of 2016. In April of 2017, the Haerry family had their father/grandfather’s...
  • Doolittle’s Raiders

    1942 | War in Pacific
    THE FILM: The bottle of 1896 Hennessy Cognac was uncorked in front of hundreds of people. The surviving World War II veterans from one of history’s greatest military missions were about to raise their silver goblets one last time ending a decades-long tradition. It was time for the veterans to hold this final toast. They...