• World War II Memorial

    World War II Memorial

    District of Columbia

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Women Go To War

After Pearl Harbor, the United States unquestionably was in the Second World War. As months passed and the American casualty rate continued to rise, the United States government recognized an urgent need for more military personnel. With much of the able-bodied male population already tapped, the government looked to the female population. More...

 

Japanese Americans During World War II

One of the great ironies of the Second World War was America’s forced confinement of more than 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry. These Japanese Americans were held in camps that often were isolated, uncomfortable, and overcrowded. Although their families were treated unjustly in this way, more than 33,000 Japanese Americans served in the military with distinction. More...

 

Did You Know?

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The Service Flag was used during World Wars I and II. Each family was entitled to hang a small flag in their window; the blue star in the center of the red-bordered white rectangle signified a family member in active service. The star was replaced with a gold one if the family member died in action.