I wasn’t built to be a prisoner… so I would have my crew bail out. I’d find the sweetest military target I could and drive my plane right smack into the middle of it and kill as many of those bastards as I possibly could.
Pearl Harbor Movie – Alec Baldwin
When the action is over and we look back, we understand both more and less. This much is certain. Before the Doolittle raid, America knew nothing but defeat. After it, there was hope of victory. Japan realized, for the first time, they could lose and began to pull back. America realized, that she would win and surged forward. It was a war, that changed America and the world. Dorie Miller was the first black American to be awarded the Navy Cross. But he would not be the last. He joined a brotherhood of heroes. World War II, for us, began at Pearl Harbor, and 1.177 men still lie entombed in the battleship Arizona. America suffered, but America grew stronger. It was not inevitable. The times tried our souls, and through the trial, we overcame.
Ma’am, I’m never gonna be an English teacher, but I know why I’m here, to be a pilot, and you don’t dogfight with manuals, you don’t fly with gauges, I mean it’s all about feeling and speed and lettin’ that plane become like it’s apart of your body, and that manual says that a guy who’s a slow reader can’t be a good pilot… that file says I’m the best pilot in this room… Ma’am, please… Don’t take my wings
I should’ve died over there. When I was in that water, I made a deal with God. I told him I was sorry, I told him I knew I’d been a fool for leavin you and tryin to go over there and be a hero, and I promised I’d never ask for anything again, if I could just see you one more time… And ya know what? It was worth it. You kept me alive Evelyn, you brought me home. So I’m gonna stand by my end of the deal, I’m gonna walk away and I won’t ask you for anything… but I just want to know why… Just tell me that will you please? Just tell me why.