The Fletcher-class destroyer was a workhorse for the U.S. Navy in World War II, but experiments with aircraft aboard were less than satisfactory. More »
Assessing Japanese strength and troop dispositions, Marine planners chose the beaches of Betio’s lagoon. More »
A seaman recalls his harrowing rescue as the light career USS Princeton sank in the Sibuyan Sea doing the Battle of Leyte Gulf. More »
Sandy Bonnyman led the way for other marines during a bloody assault and earned the medal of honor. More »
Thousands of Koreans were forced to serve in the Japanese Army or provide labor during World War II. More »
The amphibious landing by American Marines on the tiny, heavily fortified Tarawa Atoll would be measured in hard-won yards. More »
On deceptively beautiful Saipan, hard-bitten Japanese regulars prepared a defense to the last man—soldier or civilian—rather than surrender. More »
The naval force used in the Battle of Tarawa (the Fifth Fleet) was enormous, but was it enough to break through Japan’s incredible defenses? More »
British tankers made a courageous, but ultimately futile, attempt to foil the German blitzkrieg in France on May 21, 1940.
With Richmond in flames behind them, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, his family, and high-ranking government officials began a desperate dash southward. Their ultimate destination was Mexico.