In the Pacific

Two U.S. Marines plant the American flag on Guam eight minutes after U.S. Marine and Army assault troops landed
Two U.S. Marines plant the American flag on Guam eight minutes after U.S. Marine and Army assault troops landed.

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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.

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    Last updated: May 15, 2017

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