Pacific Theater


Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Vega

By: Mark Loproto

Commissioned into service in the US Navy on December 21, 1921, the Sirius-class cargo ship USS Vega (AK-17) was originally launched as a Type 1022 civilian freighter named SS Lebanon. From 1921 to... Read More

New Aircraft Carrier To Be Named for Doris Miller

By: Mark Loproto

Many of the heroes of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor have been honored with medals and citations. Some have even had US Navy ships named in their... Read More

Discoveries of R/V Petrel in 2019

By: Mark Loproto

2019 was a very active year for the Research Vessel Petrel. An ambitious project launched by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, Petrel has continued to search the deep waters of... Read More

How Accurate Is the New Midway Movie?

By: Mark Loproto

When you immerse yourself in history, it becomes clear how important it is for the theatrical movies that  claim to depict real events to be as accurate as possible. While... Read More

Missing Submarine USS Grayback Located

By: Mark Loproto

Over the course of the Pacific War, the Imperial Japanese Navy and the United States Navy engaged in many deadly encounters. Scattered throughout the Pacific Theater are the sunken remains... Read More

The Battleship That Never Was

By: Mark Loproto

As tensions rose across the Pacific in the run-up to the outbreak of war, the Imperial Japanese Navy tried to intimidate the United States with the massive Yamato-class battleship. Little... Read More

Technology of R/V Petrel Aids in Major Discoveries

By: Mark Loproto

If you’ve been following the many discoveries of the R/V Petrel expeditions, you likely have given some thought to the type of equipment used by the pioneering researchers. Founded—and funded—by the... Read More

Participant in Iwo Jima Photo Identified

By: Mark Loproto

American history is constantly being revised as new information and technologies emerge. As time goes on, and those who were present for some of the most historic moments pass away,... Read More

Pearl Harbor Hosts Gala Midway Movie Screening

By: Mark Loproto

It was the turning point of the War in the Pacific for the United States Navy, following the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. In late 2019,... Read More

Three Events That Altered the Course of the War

By: Mark Loproto

At the start of the War in the Pacific, the United States had suffered devastating defeats that made it seem as if the Empire of Japan could conquer the Pacific.... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Blue

By: Mark Loproto

Just over six years before the Imperial Japanese Navy launched its devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, USS Blue (DD-387), a Bagley-class destroyer, was laid down at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Tern

By: Mark Loproto

Launched in March 1919 and commissioned into service on May 17 of the same year, the Lapwing-class minesweeper USS Tern (AM-31) was first assigned to Train Squadron 2 of the... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS USS Macdonough

By: Mark Loproto

The keel of the destroyer that would become known as USS Macdonough (DD-351) was laid down at the Boston Navy Yard in May of 1933, eight years before the outbreak... Read More

Wreckage of USS Wasp Located

By: Mark Loproto

In the month of February, 2019 alone, the expedition organized by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen found the wreckage of three World War II warships at the bottom of... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Cachalot

By: Mark Loproto

The submarine USS Cachalot (SS-170) was laid down at the Portsmouth Navy Yard in October of 1931, the eighth of nine so-called V-boats to be produced for the United States... Read More

Wreckage of USS Strong Located

By: Mark Loproto

Paul Allen passed away in 2018, but the expedition team he once spearheaded is still going strong, carrying on his legacy of uncovering important pieces of history in the Pacific.... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Schley

By: Mark Loproto

USS Schley (DD-103) was laid down on October 29, 1917. The new Wickes-class destroyer was equipped like other destroyers of the time: with an arsenal that would make her a... Read More

Closing In: The Battle of Saipan

By: Mark Loproto

From the moment the United States decimated the Imperial Japanese Navy at the Battle of Midway, every decision was crucial. The war had reached a turning point and one wrong... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Ramsay

By: Mark Loproto

USS Ramsay (DD-124) was laid down as a Wickes-class destroyer at Newport News, VA in December of 1917, and launched on June 8, 1918. She was commissioned into service in the... Read More

Wreckage of USS Hornet Located

By: Mark Loproto

On October 26, 1942, during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) was lost to the Pacific. In January of 2019, just a week... Read More

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