The 34-day battle for the island of Iwo Jima was one of the bloodiest of World War II in the Pacific. Located in the Volcano Islands, Iwo Jima was considered a vital point for disabled American bombers to land when returning from air raids on the Japanese home islands, and more than 20,000 airmen were saved from ditching in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean after the eight-square-mile island was captured in March 1945. Iwo Jima was the scene of the iconic raising of the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, which has become emblematic of the valor of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Public perception of the famed Rosenthal photo depicting marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima has evolved much since the historic image was captured. More »
The OSS supported the French Resistance by parachuting agents, including Marines, into the Haute Savoie region of France. More »
The U.S. 10th Mountain Division, initially unwanted, ultimately distinguished itself during the War in Italy. More »
Aboard the USS Franklin, Father O’Callahan provided comfort and courage during her darkest hour. More »
The five Sullivan brothers made the supreme sacrifice aboard the cruiser USS Juneau off Guadalcanal. More »
Considered one of the greatest survival sagas of World War II, the story of the USS Franklin is almost too fantastic to believe. More »
For turning the tide of naval warfare in the Pacific Theater while incurring no casualties in World War II, the USS Washington is one of America’s most famous navy ships. More »
After the Battle of Iwo Jima, a decades-long debate wrestled with the question as to whether its capture was worth the cost. More »
A Russian real estate developer plans to construct a condominium development in close proximity to the Battle of Saipan in 1944. More »
Although the bow and javelin are more famous ancient weapons, the sling was just as important to the skirmishers of old.
There are already some similarities between today’s refugee crisis and Nazi persecution in the 1930s. But how similar, only time will tell.
The remains of the missing from the USS Oklahoma are still being identified. Read about the most recent findings below.