December 7, 1941: This
picture, taken by a Japanese photographer, shows how American ships are
clustered together before the surprise Japanese aerial attack on Pear Harbor, Hawaii,
on Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941. Minutes later the full impact of the assault
was felt and Pearl Harbor became a flaming
December 7, 1941: The
battleship USS Arizona belches smoke as it topples over into the sea during a
Japanese surprise attack on Pearl
Harbor, Hawaii. The
ship sank with more than 80 percent of its 1,500-man crew. The attack, which
left 2,343 Americans dead and 916 missing, broke the backbone of the U.S.
Pacific Fleet and forced America
out of a policy of isolationism. President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced that
it was "a date which will live in infamy" and Congress declared war
the morning after.
December 7, 1941: Heavy
damage is seen on the destroyers, U.S.S. Cassin and the U.S.S. Downes,
stationed at Pearl Harbor after the Japanese
attack on the Hawaiian island.
The shattered wreckage of
American planes bombed by the Japanese in their attack on Pearl
Harbor is strewn on Hickam Field, Dec. 7, 1941.
June 1942: The USS
Lexington, U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, explodes after being bombed by Japanese
planes in the Battle of the Coral
Sea in the South Pacific during World War II.
August 3, 1942: After
hammering Port Moresby
for two days, Japanese bombers finally sank this Australian transport which
sends up a cloud of smoke. She drifted onto a reef and heeled over. Flaming oil
can be seen at left. The men in a small boat, foreground, are looking for
Aug. 29, 1942: After
landing in force, U.S. Marines pause on the beach
of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands
before advancing inland against the Japanese during World War II.
Aug. 1942: U.S. Marines, with full battle kits, charge
ashore on GuadalcanalIsland from a landing barge during the early phase of
the U.S. offensive in the Solomon Islands
during World War II.
Oct. 29, 1942: U.S. Marines
man a .75 MM gun on GuadalcanalIsland in the Solomon Islands during World War
Nov. 3, 1942: Pushing
through New Guinea jungles
in a jeep, General Douglas MacArthur inspects the positions and movements of
Allied Forces, who would push the Japanese away from Port
Moresby and back over the OwenStanleyMountain range.
Nov. 4, 1942: Two alert
U.S. Marines stand beside their small tank on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands
during World War II. The military tank was used against the Japanese in the
battle of the TenaruRiver during the early
stages of fighting.
January 1943: The bodies of
three American soldiers, fallen in the battle for Buna and Gona, lie on the
beach of the island in the Papua
New Guinea region during World War II.
January 1943: Two American
soldiers of the 32nd Division cautiously fire into a Japanese dugout before
entering it for inspection during a drive on Buna, which resulted in a defeat
of Japanese forces in the Papaun peninsula
of New Guinea during
World War II.
May 11, 1943: American
invasion troops of the 7th Infantry Division approach a landing area code-named
Beach Red in the western arm of HoltzBay, on Japanese-occupied Attu island in Alaska.
August 1943: Wounded
American soldiers are seen as they lie aboard a lighter onshore at Munda Point,
New Georgia island.
Sept. 11, 1943: After three
days of fighting on the front lines on Munda, a Marine's tank crew take a rest,
during which their machine guns are overhauled. This platoon wiped out 30
Japanese pill boxes. Left to right are: Pfc. Arnold McKenzie, Los
Angeles, Calif.; Joseph Lodico, Sharon, Mass.; Pvt. Noel
M. Billups, ColumbusOhio;
and Staff Sgt. Douglas Ayres, Los
November 1943: As the
invasion at EmpressAugustaBay
gets under way on Bougainville,
U.S. troops are
seen climbing over the side of a Coast Guard-manned combat transport to enter
the landing barges.
November 20, 1943: Under
attack from Japanese machine gun fire on the right flank, men of the 165th
Infantry are seen as the wade through coral bottom water on Yellow Beach Two,
Butaritari, during the assault on the Makin atoll, Gilbert Islands.
Dec. 1943: American Navajo
Indians from Southwest United States, members of the 158th U.S. Infantry, are
seen on a beach in the Solomon
Islands. They are in their traditional dress
for a tribal ceremony at Christmastime. From left to right are, Pfc. Dale
Winney, Gallup, N.M; Pvt. Perry Toney, Holbrook, Ariz.;
Pfc. Joe Gishi, Holbrook; and Pfc. Joe Taraha, Gallup.
Dec. 26, 1943: U.S. Marines
march ashore as they arrive in six landing crafts at CapeGloucester on the northwestern coast
of New Britain Island, New Guinea. The Allied forces made
a second big invasion operation of the Japanese occupied island in an attempt
to capture the big air base of Rabual, on the southwestern coast of the island.
May 1944: The first wave of
U.S. Infantrymen leave their higgins boats and race through the surf for the
beach during the invasion of WakdeIsland, Dutch New Guinea
during World War II.
June 1944: A Japanese
bomber is shot down as it attempted to attack the USS Kitkun Bay, near the Mariana Islands.
July 1944: U.S. Army reinforcement troops are seen as they
disembark from LST's in the background and proceed across the coral reef toward
Saipan beach, Mariana Islands.
Nov. 1944: American
soldiers take cover from fire of a Japanese machine gun in the Philippines
during World War II. The troops are part of the first wave to land on LeyteIsland
in the Philippine invasion.
November 1944: Ground crew
members prepare bombs to be loaded into the racks of the waiting B-29
Superforts, at a U.S.
airbase on Saipan, in the Mariana Islands.
November 1944: TwoCoast
Guard-manned landing ships open their jaws as U.S.
soldiers line up to build sandbag piers out to the ramps, on Leyte island, Philippines.
December 12, 1944: After
being hit in a Japanese air raid, a B-29 Superfortress explodes in ball of
fire, while crewmen of the U.S.
air base try to fight the inferno on Saipan, Mariana
Feb. 1945: U.S. paratroopers of the 503rd Paratroop
Regiment float to earth on Corregidor, a rocky island strategically located at
the entrance of ManilaBay on Luzon
during World War II.
Feb. 19, 1945: In the
Pacific theater of World War II, U.S. Marines hit the beach and charge over a
dune on Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands during the start of one of the
deadliest battles of the war against Japan.
Feb. 25, 1945: U.S.
Corpsmen carry a wounded Marine on a stretcher to an evacuation boat on the
beach at Iwo Jima while other Marines huddle in a foxhole during invasion of
stronghold in World War II. The U.S.
invasion fleet can be seen offshore.
March 1945: U.S. Marines prepare graves in the cemetery of
the third and Fourth Marine Divisions for their buddies who died in taking the island of Iwo Jima,
during World War II.
April 1945: White markers
designate the final resting place for hundreds of Third and Fourth Marine
Division fighters, who died during the invasion of Iwo
Jima in World War II, in this cemetery located near the beach
where the U.S. Marines first established a beachhead. In the background, an
American flag flies at half staff in tribute to the late President Franklin D.
Roosevelt, who died in Warm Springs,
Ga., on April 12.
April 21, 1945: A B-29
Superfortress rests on a dirt mound after it crash landed with two engines
working at Iwo Jima, Japan during World War II. The U.S.
Air Force plane was damaged in a raid over Tokyo.
March 19, 1945: The USS Santa Fe lies alongside the heavily listing USS Franklin
to provide assistance after the aircraft carrier had been hit and set afire by
a single Japanese dive bomber, during the Okinawa invasion off the coast of
May 11, 1945: While
supporting the Okinawa invasion, the USS Bunker Hill is hit and severely
damaged by two Japanese Kamikaze planes off the coast of Kyushu, Japan. The ship
suffered 372 dead and 264 injured.
Aug. 6, 1945: This picture
made from the town of Yoshiura on the other side
of the mountain north of Hiroshima, Japan, shows the smoke rising from the explosion
of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima.
It was picked up from an Australian engineer at Kure, Japan.
Note the radiation spots on the negative caused by the explosion of the A-bomb,
almost ruining the film.
August 10, 1945: An arrow
marks the spot where the A-bomb struck at Nagasaki,
Japan. Much of
the bombed area is still desolate, the trees on the hills in the background
remained charred and dwarfed from the blast and little reconstruction, except
of wooden shacks as homes, has taken place.
August 14, 1945: A sailor
and a nurse kiss passionately in Manhattan's
Times Square, as New York City
celebrates the end of World War II. The celebration followed the official
announcement that Japan had
accepted the terms of Potsdam
September 2, 1945: F4U and
F6F fighter planes are flying in formation over the USS Missouri, while the
surrender ceremonies to end World War II take place aboard the U.S. Navy
September 2, 1945: Gen.
Douglas MacArthur signs the Japanese surrender documents aboard the USS
Missouri in TokyoBay. Lt. Gen. Jonathan
Wainwright, left foreground, who surrendered Bataan to the Japanese, and
British Lt. Gen. A. E. Percival, next to Wainwright, who surrendered Singapore,
observe the ceremony marking the end of World War II.