WWII in America


“Rosie the Riveter” Inspiration Has Died

By: Mark Loproto

As we watch the number of Pearl Harbor survivors dwindle, we also bid farewell to other icons of the Second World War. The latest World War II hero to pass... 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

Wartime Blackouts: From Drills to Reality

By: Mark Loproto

Relations between the United States and Japan were quickly deteriorating. The rulers of Japan wanted to occupy more and more of China and Southeast Asia. The United States sought to... Read More

The Secret Japanese Plan for Biological Warfare

By: Mark Loproto

As World War II started to draw to its inevitable conclusion, the Japanese became increasingly desperate. Japan, which had had been suffering crippling defeats, wasn't about to go down without... Read More

The Fate of the Captured Midget Submarine HA. 19

By: Mark Loproto

In the early morning hours of December 7, 1941, before the Imperial Japanese Navy’s warplanes reached Pearl Harbor, another group of vessels was moving toward the Oahu naval base. One... Read More

Reactions to Pearl Harbor from the Man on the Street

By: Mark Loproto

All across the United States, reactions to Pearl Harbor varied from one individual to the next. There were those terrified by it and worried that it foreshadowed a possible attack... Read More

The Kohler Brothers in World War II

By: Mark Loproto

“Why don’t you go together and protect each other?” Mr. Kohler knew his son Charles was itching to join the war that the US suddenly found itself drawn into after... Read More

The History of the Hawaii Overprint Note

By: Mark Loproto

The worst case scenario wasn’t an impossible one: in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack, Japan would invade Hawaii, overrun it, and use it as a launching point for... Read More

The Congressional Pearl Harbor Investigation

By: Bruce Danforth

Almost from the moment the Japanese planes returned to their ships after their devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, there were all kinds of conspiracy theories about how they could have... Read More

World War II and Rationing in the US

By: Mark Loproto

A great deal changed the moment Japan dropped the first bombs on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The United States, a nation that for years had followed to a... Read More

Calvin Graham – The Youngest Recruit

By: Bruce Danforth

The shock and trauma of Pearl Harbor wasn't only felt by adults. As news of the December 7, 1941 surprise Japanese attack spread across the United States, kids and adults... Read More

Balloons of War: The Japanese Fu-Go

By: Mark Loproto

During the course of World War II, all sides had their own secret projects intended to give them a strategic edge. The United States was working on a massive bomb... Read More

American Sports During World War II

By: Mark Loproto

For many Americans, sports are a big part of life. Take away any of the major American sports, be it baseball, football, basketball, or hockey, and you’re going to have... Read More

Pearl Harbor and the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

By: Mark Loproto

Sometimes, the most unexpected things can emerge from war. Unexpected friendships bloom. Romance can find its way across oceans and lead to lasting love. Sometimes, an individual even changes the... Read More

After Pearl Harbor: American War Production

By: Mark Loproto

On December 6th, 1941, life in the United States was just like any other day. People went to work, factories produced whatever products or tools they always had; there wasn’t... Read More

How Pearl Harbor Inspired American Enlistment

By: Mark Loproto

Those living on the US mainland couldn’t actually hear the explosions of the falling bombs or the crewmen's screams that echoed throughout Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7,... Read More

World War II: The Attacks on American Soil

By: Mark Loproto

For the United States, World War II started with an attack on American soil. At the time, Hawaii was an American territory and Pearl Harbor was an American naval installation.... Read More

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