The Doolittle Raid: An Analysis

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During the early days of World War II the United States remained officially neutral. It was not until the attack on Pearl Harbor, by the Japanese, that the United States had no choice, but to declare war. In the beginning of the war Japan was winning most of the battles (Gailey). These defeats resulted in the morale being low among the American troops. President Theodore Roosevelt wanted to boost morale and push forward the Pacific front with a strike on the Japanese homeland to serve as a testament to American military prowess and retribution for the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor (Shepherd). This eventually trickled down to the Doolittle Raid. The Doolittle Raid, as it is commonly referred to as today, was officially classified as the…show more content…
He said that he did not hear about it immediately afterwards (Ferris). It was a little while later, but it made him and his crew very happy to know we had struck back (Ferris). This seems to prove that morale was increased after knowledge of the attacks was made public. Today, Mr. Ferris is 88 years old and living in Mason, Michigan with his wife Dorothy (Ferris). This writer believes that the sacrifices of this man and all of those who served should be lauded for said sacrifice. To further examine the psychological effects and implications of the raid this writer interviewed Dr. Dennis Merrill, Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Merrill specializes in modern American history, which includes World War II. When asked about the significance of the raid, Dr. Merrill said, “…while the raid did not carry a great deal of direct military or strategic significance -- it carried great psychological impact” (Merrill). He emphasized that it took time for the United States to respond to the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor (Merrill). In his opinion, the Doolittle Raid lifted morale by showing that the United States could strike back at the Japanese (Merrill). This writer also asked what affect the raid had on the mindset of the Japanese. Though he indicated he was not as familiar with Japanese history he said that as a military government they would have kept it a secret as much as possible (Merrill). This writer further investigated

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