The island in the Marianas had been U.S. territory for nearly half a century when it was overrun by the Japanese in 1941.

Army Ground Forces

Liberating Guam

By David H. Lippman

Above all, the island was defendable. From Ritidian Point in the north to the extreme southern coastline, Guam is 34 miles long, made in an irregular shape covering 228 square miles, the largest of all Pacific islands between Japan and New Guinea. Read more

Jim White survived the ill-fated attempted Rapido River crossing in Italy and endured 14 months as a prisoner of war.

Army Ground Forces

World War II’s Deadly Rapido River Crossing

By Richard A. Beranty

The attempted crossing of the Rapido River in Italy by two infantry regiments of the U.S. 36th Division in January 1944 was one of the costliest failed attacks made by American forces during World War II. Read more