Pacific War

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    The Mortar-Equipped Landing Craft

    On February 19, 1945, two United States Marine Corps divisions landed on the sulfurous shores of Iwo Jima. As was customary, prior to the actual landings, the small 7.5-square-mile island received a heavy preparatory bombardment from the...

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    Pearl Harbor Avenged

    At the January 1942 Battle of Balikpapan, the four stalwart destroyers of Division 59 demonstrated that there was still plenty of fight left in the U.S. Navy. In the days and weeks following the raid on Pearl Harbor, the armed forces of...

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    WWII Letters from Readers- February 2006

    CLARIFICATION ON MCCAULEY I recently received the October 2005 issue of World War II Magazine that contained the memoir “In Enemy Hands,” which was written by my late husband Dr. Charles McCauley. Although in general I was very pleased...

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    One Man’s War: William Eaton

    NAME: William Eaton DATE ENTERED SERVICE: 1941 CAMPAIGNS: Pacific Raids—1942, Marshall Islands, Western New Guinea, Leyte Operations, Luzon Operations, Iwo Jima Operations DECORATIONS: Navy Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal,...

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    Eyes of the Imperial Fleet

    At 5 in the morning on December 7, 1941, the Japanese heavy cruisers Chikuma and Tone catapulted one floatplane each into the sky. Their mission was to make a last weather reconnaissance around the target for the six aircraft carriers of...

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    Escaped POW’s Chinese Odyssey

    Upon breaking out of his second Japanese prison after almost three years of captivity, Lt. Cmdr. Columbus Darwin Smith crossed more than 1,300 miles of enemy-held territory in a desperate bid for freedom. On November 28, 1941, Rear Admiral...

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    Star-Crossed Translator

    Chief ship’s clerk H.L. Bryant, the yeoman of the U.S. Navy’s Translation and Dissemination Section, OP-20-GZ, finished logging the sheaf of newly decoded messages and looked around the desk-filled room, trying to catch the eye of one...

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    Commands: 2/9 Australian Imperial Forces Battalion

    DESIGNATION: 2/9 Australian Imperial Forces Battalion ACTIVATION: September 1939 CAMPAIGNS: North Africa 1941, Southwest Pacific 1942-45, Liberation of Australian New Guinea 1943-45, Borneo 1945 Following quickly on the heels of their...

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    The Royal Navy’s Revenge

    In the final days of World War II, the Royal Navy achieved a victory over the Imperial Japanese Navy that restored some measure of the prestige that it had lost early in the war. Driven from the waters of Southeast Asia by a resolute...

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    ‘What good would it do you to survive?’

    The scratchy recorded voice that fought its way out of the oft-repaired speakers had a few more minutes to run. Sixteen-year-old Mitsuharu Nagase had already heard enough to cause tears to flow down his cheeks. He shot a sideward glance at...

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    One Man’s War: Cliff Bennett

    NAME: Cliff Bennett DATE ENTERED SERVICE: April 2, 1943 CAMPAIGNS: China-Burma-India, Air Offensive Japan, China Defense DECORATIONS: Five Campaign Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal, Victory Medal The story of the war...

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    Riding a Wildcat into War

    Jack Maas took to the skies with the ‘Cactus Air Force’ during some of the most desperate days of the Guadalcanal campaign. He went on to fight his way across the Pacific…and beyond. For some fighter aces, fame rests primarily or...

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    WWII Book Review: MacArthur’s Victory

    MacArthur’s Victory: The War in New Guinea, 1943-1944 by Harry A. Gailey; Presidio Press, New York, 2004, $14.95. As its subtitle proclaims, MacArthur’s Victory covers the campaign in New Guinea from the capture of Buna in January 1943...

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    Surviving Armageddon

    In the final year of the Pacific War, the Japanese worked undetected on a massive underground fortification project that might have convinced Emperor Hirohito to fight on— even after the atomic bombs were dropped. A mushroom cloud...

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    WWII Perspectives: Novices at War

    Vincennes was an imposing sight when I first saw it tied alongside a pier in the New York Naval Shipyard on January 6, 1942. The heavy cruiser had just arrived with gold shipped from the Bank of South Africa—lest the Nazis capture it. I...

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    A Most Unusual Reunion

    Navy ensign Jim Moore tensed with the rush of adrenaline as the B-24 Liberator flew above Chinese fields at 500 feet early on the morning of August 17, 1945. He was one of six men sent on a daring mission to locate the Weihsien Civilian...