National Parks commemorate many World War II battles that occurred in the far off Pacific. The most famous and hallowed is the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Several other locations that witnessed occupation and eventual forced removal of Imperial Japan include the US territory islands of Guam, American Samoa, and Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. These islands bear the scars and stories of valor and sacrifice by both native peoples and U.S. service members.
During World War II the remote Aleutian Islands, home to the Unangan (Aleut) people for over 8,000 years, became a fiercely contested battleground in the Pacific.
Ultimately, the United States' decision to drop atomic bombs on the people of Heroshima and Nagasaki brought an end to the war in the Pacific Theater. We still have so much to learn by listening to the stories of the people who fought, lived, and died in the war against Japan and its allies.
Last updated: February 23, 2023