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World War II Roles


The Japanese bombing at Pearl Harbor, forever remembered by Americans, was the beginning of our military involvement in the Second World War as hundreds of thousands of Americans would lose their lives fighting for our constitutional principles and moral righteousness. As a defining moment in United States history, World War II will forever remain a significant and noteworthy subject.


Your task is to wear the boots of an American soldier or a citizen at home. Today those ‘boots’ can be found in cemeteries, books, on film and on the World Wide Web. You will be assigned a role from the list below (see projection).

The Roles:

1 · Army Chaplain
2 · Army Doctor or Nurse
3 · Soldier or Marine
4 · Army Medic or Corpsman
5 · Naval Officer
6 · Sailor
7 · Pilot
8 · Bombardier
9 · Tuskegee Airman
10 · Military Officer (below the rank of General)
11 · General
12 · War Correspondent/Photographer
13 · Male factory worker (4F or elderly civilian)
14 · “Rosie the Riveter” (female factory worker)


You will answer each question by reading from the link/s provided for each. If you feel that you need further information for understanding, search from a metasearch such as Dogpile or Unabot, or a search engine/directory such as Google or Bing. Be sure to answer each in Google Classroom, in complete sentences.

1. Explain why your work is important to the nation?

2. Describe an average day for you.

3. Describe that make your job dangerous.

4. What reasons do you have for supporting the United States in the war effort?

5. What details make your “life” during the war the same as well as different from similar roles in the 21st Century?

* Due