Across the Pacific

During the interwar years the U.S. Navy pushed the envelope in air travel as they prepared for wartime missions of long-range scouting, especially in the Pacific. Read about the first nonstop formation flight from San Francisco to Hawaii, in January 1934.

Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island shortly after the beginning of the Pearl Harbor attack. View looks about east, with the supply depot, submarine base and fuel tank farm in the right center distance. A torpedo has just hit USS West Virginia on the far side of Ford Island (center). Other battleships moored nearby are (from left): Nevada, Arizona, Tennessee (inboard of West Virginia), Oklahoma (torpedoed and listing) alongside Marylan

The Day before the Attack on Pearl Harbor

On December 6, 1941, a day prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote a letter to the Japanese Emperor expressing concerns surrounding turmoil in the Pacific area of operations.

President Franklin Roosevelt carves a turkey

WWII & Thanksgiving

Learn how WWII influenced the date on which Thanksgiving is celebrated.

VJ Day 1945 Video

August 14 - 15 1945 mark VJ Day or "Victory Over Japan Day in which the Imperial Japanese surrendered, effectively ending WWII.

Please Enjoy the Shared footage of VJ Day, August 14, 1945 in Honolulu

Challenge Coins History

Today, we’ll explore the history of military challenge coins, examine their possible origins and where to purchase your very own USS Bowfin "Pearl Harbor Avenger" Coin.

#BugsBunnyDay & WWII

At the time of WWII, American’s could not escape the global grasp of war which affected almost every aspect of life. As an effort to increase morale and raise funds, in the form of war bonds, animation played a major role in the effort.

Adm. Nimitz and WWII

Adm. Nimitz played a major role in the naval history of WWII holding the title of both Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas as well as the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Yalta and The Big Three

Learn more about the Yalta Conference; code-named “Argonaut” and the "Big Three"

1989; Smokey Bear poster showing a half body image of Smokey pointing at the audience with one hand while holding a shovel in the other hand. Poster reads "Only You". This work is maintained in the National Agricultural Library, in Beltsville, MD.

Smokey Bear and WWII

Did you know Smokey Bear originated as a result of World War II?