World War II Videos
African American Heritage
- 4 minutes, 47 seconds
91 year old Harold Warren Jr. tells his son, Lee Warren, about serving as a "Buffalo Soldier" during WW II and his feelings about the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Wilberforce, Ohio. The original audio recording was done in November of 2015 and then produced to a visual film with photos from the Warrens and from the U.S. Army and Library of Congress. Audio interview recorded in partnership with StoryCorps. Learn more at storycorps.org.
During World War II, African American troops were denied active combat roles and, like their civilian counterparts, faced institutionalized segregation. Three units of African American engineers were sent to Alaska and Canada to construct the 1,500-mile ALCAN Highway, a key defense for the United States. They faced brutally cold weather conditions and, despite frequently outperforming the better-equipped white engineering units, continued discrimination. Their skill, grit, and perseverance paved a highway and a path toward desegregation of the military after the war.
- 4 minutes, 40 seconds
David was asked to explore Wright Brothers National Memorial and Tuskegee Airman National Historic Site through digital, online resources and produce a 90 second spoken word piece personifying the park resources.
- 2 minutes, 23 seconds
The Atomic Bomb
This short film displays US and Soviet atomic weapons tests from 1945 through 1963, displaying the dramatic increase in destructive power that was developed.
- 3 minutes, 19 seconds
Prisoners of War
Military Training in Parks
This historical footage features the 10th Mountain Division, which trained in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier during World War II. The video clip is an excerpt from Mount Rainier National Park's Human Use Video, which can be viewed at the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center in Paradise.
- 53 seconds
Exploring The USS ArizonaFor more videos on the USS Arizona and the attack of Pearl Harbor, visit the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument Video Archive.
The National Park Service dive team takes you to the stern of the USS Arizona and explains what happened to that part of the ship during the attack, as well as the area where the Arizona's crane was salvaged.
- 1 minute, 39 seconds
Japanese American Internment
Last updated: August 9, 2017