Jimmy Lee Shares His Story of Seeing the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: New August 2022! A civilian at the time, Jimmy Lee describes his experience witnessing the attack on Pearl Harbor and his later decision to enlist and join the war effort.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: US History-142**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Were your students aware that civilians lived on Oahu and were injured or died during the attack? Have your students write a dramatic play about what civilians witnessed and how they reacted.
  • Pearl Harbor is located at the Southern end of the island of Oahu. Using road, state and topo maps, have students find the distances from the locations the speaker mentioned to the harbor.


To learn more about the Pearl Harbor, check out the full program this segment is edited from: History in the First Person: The Legacy of Pearl Harbor.

*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.