Pacific Theater


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

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 Rigel

By: Mark Loproto

Originally built as a civilian cargo ship, USS Rigel (AD-13/ARb-1/AR-11) was commissioned into the US Navy on February 24, 1922 as an Altair-class destroyer tender named for the brightest star in the... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Antares

By: Mark Loproto

Named for the brightest star in the Scorpius constellation, USS Antares (AG-10, later re-designated AKS-3) was laid down in 1918 and commissioned into the US Navy on February 23, 1922.... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Tangier

By: Mark Loproto

Originally laid down in 1939 as a cargo ship for the United States Maritime Commission, USS Tangier (AV-8) was converted into a seaplane tender and commissioned into the US Navy... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Detroit

By: Bruce Danforth

USS Detroit (CL-8), an Omaha-class light cruiser, was first laid down on November 10, 1920 and commissioned into the US Navy on July 31, 1923. Detroit's early years were mainly... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Worden

By: Mark Loproto

Laid down at the Puget Sound Navy Yard in December of 1932, USS Worden (DD-352) was commissioned into the US Navy on January 15, 1935. Worden spent most of her... Read More

The Hospital Ship USS Solace

By: Mark Loproto

For 14 years, the SS Iroquois sailed the world’s waters as a passenger ship. It was a relatively quiet and calm life, save for the possibility of the occasional seasick... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Shaw

By: Mark Loproto

In the history books, chapters about the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor are often accompanied by an iconic image: the explosion of a ship taken from a distance.... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Tennessee

By: Mark Loproto

On April 30, 1919, a new battleship class was launched. Named for its lead ship, the Tennessee-class offered more robust protection from enemy torpedoes as well as fire-control systems for... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Bagley

By: Mark Loproto

To have a US Navy ship named in one's honor is a great achievement. One American naval officer had four. Ensign Worth Bagley was killed during the Spanish-American War, in... Read More

Key Campaigns of the South West Pacific Theater

By: Mark Loproto

During the 1930s, the United States found itself in a situation that would end up changing it forever. Relations between the US and Japan had been strained ever since the... Read More