Unlike their comrades who invaded Guadalcanal on August 7, 1942, United States Marines landing on Tulagi met fierce resistance. It was a harbinger of the bloody island fighting that marked combat in the Pacific during World War II. More »
Scout Squadron 6 departed from the aircraft carrier Enterprise that arrived over Pearl Harbor simultaneously with the Japanese. More »
USS Chicago, the U.S. Navy cruiser, was sunk during the Battle of Rennell Island off Guadalcanal in January 1943. More »
During the Battle of Guadalcanal, the fight for the eastern Solomons helped hasten the Japanese withdrawal from the southern Solomons. More »
A night battle in the Solomons cost the U.S. Navy dearly but reversed a Japanese attempt to shell Henderson Field. More »
U.S. cruisers and destroyers defeated a Japanese naval contingent off Cape Esperance during the Guadalcanal campaign. More »
Decimated during their attacks against Japanese aircraft carriers, the sacrifice of the brave air crewmen was not in vain. More »
The Luftwaffe sent the Me-262 jet fighter aloft in the final months of World War II in a vain effort to challenge Allied air superiority.
Sergeant Red Erwin’s courage in a burning B-29 over Japan saved the lives of his crewmen and earned him the Medal of Honor.
The African Americans of the 54th Massachusetts stood up to the guns of Charleston’s Fort Wagner in a bloody assault in 1863. In so doing, they proved themselves worthy Union soldiers.