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American heroism revealed new World War II documentary

"Nazi Attack on America," a new PBS documentary, shows how close the Nazis came to bringing World War II to America's shores — but just as importantly, it shows how ocean explorers helped raise a Navy captain from humiliation to hero status.

"This really brings closure on a story that began a month before I was born, 73 years ago," Robert Ballard, the oceanographer who rediscovered the Titanic 30 years ago, says at a crucial point in the hour-long show.

The story begins in 1942 with the U-boats — the fleet of German submarines that terrorized ship traffic between the United States and Europe.

Click here for the full report by NBC News and click here to learn about how to view the full documentary.