World War II


Atomic Bomb Exhibit Comes to Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

After a grueling period of conflict and bloody battles, the United States made the difficult decision to drop two atomic bombs on Japan. The devastation caused by the bombings of... Read More

The America First Committee and Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

On September 4, 1940, as tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan mounted, the America First Committee was formed. Led by Yale Law student R. Douglas Stuart,... Read More

After the Fighting – Operation Magic Carpet

By: Mark Loproto

As the summer of 1945 drew to a close, Americans were rejoicing as news of the victory in the Pacific swept across the nation. After nearly four years of brutal... Read More

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

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

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Chew

By: Mark Loproto

On January 2, 1918, the keel of a future Wickes-class destroyer was laid down at the Union Iron Works shipyards in San Francisco. She was one of 111 of that... Read More

What Is Victory Disease?

By: Mark Loproto

Looking at the actions of the Japanese military during the early phases of the War in the Pacific, it’s reasonable to believe that they may have gotten overzealous with their... Read More

Navy Ships Named for Pearl Harbor Heroes

By: Mark Loproto

On December 7, 1941, the United States was attacked by forces of the Imperial Japanese Navy. More than 2,400 Americans were killed during the raid and a legacy was born.... Read More

A Brush with the Enemy

By: Mark Loproto

On the morning of December 7, 1941, an attacking force of the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise assault on the Oahu naval base of Pearl Harbor. Those stationed at... Read More

George Murray Turns 100

By: m gurnas

On March 31, 2019, George Murray, a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by his wife of 72 years, four daughters, 10 grandchildren, and... Read More

Iwo Jima: The Story Behind the Iconic Photo

By: Mark Loproto

From February 19 to March 26, 1945, American and Japanese forces were locked in a grueling and bloody battle on the island of Iwo Jima. Taking the island would be... 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 Widgeon

By: Mark Loproto

USS Widgeon (AM-22/ASR-1) was laid down in October of 1917 and commissioned into service on July 27, 1918, just four months before the end of World War I. The new... Read More

December 1941: The Tide of War Turns

By: Mark Loproto

On September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland, launching the Second World War in Europe. Across the Atlantic, the United States showed no appetite for getting involved in the European conflict.... Read More

The Solomon Islands Campaign

By: Mark Loproto

Today, you don’t hear much about the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. They’re a popular tourist destination, but otherwise they aren't at the top of most people's minds. During... Read More

Only 15 in 1941, Gerald Langgood Passes Away

By: Mark Loproto

On October 29, 2018, just one day after his 92nd birthday, Gerald Langgood passed away, leaving behind a legacy that included serving during the Pearl Harbor attack when he was... Read More

The Ceremony Marking the End of World War II

By: Mark Loproto

September 2, 1945. More than two weeks had passed since the Japanese laid down their arms and declared they would no longer fight the Allies in the Pacific. The United... Read More

Native Americans in World War II

By: Mark Loproto

The relationship between the United States and the indigenous people of North America is a complicated one that dates back centuries. At one of the nation’s darkest hours, the aftermath... Read More

The Underwater Demolition Teams of the Pacific

By: Mark Loproto

During the First World War, the Allies suffered great losses due to catastrophic amphibious landings, notably during the Gallipoli Campaign. The US military is always eager to learn from past... Read More

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