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The National Park Service is dedicated to the preservation and understanding of World War II sites to include memorials and historic sites whose sole theme is directly related to the war. A hidden gem for other parks includes fascinating side stories regarding World War II such as the top secret OSS training facility at Prince William Park outside of Washington DC, or the big gun emplacement at Cabrillo National Monument. The National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places shares yet another aspect of World War II sites found in communities that have received grants and preserve a wide variety of World War II locations, stories and interesting artifacts.

aerial view of the World War II Memorial
World War II Memorial (DC)
Service, Sacrifice, Unity, and Victory. Through stone architecture and bronze sculptures, the World War II Memorial recognizes the ways Americans served, honors those who fell, and recognizes the victory they achieved to restore freedom and end tyranny around the globe.
Manhattan Sites workers historic image
Manhattan Project National Historical Park (NM, TN, WA)
Dawn of the Atomic Age. Visit sites that helped the United States end World War II and that challenge us to think about how the world changed with the dawn of the nuclear age.
Aerial view of Guam
War in the Pacific National Historical Park (Guam)
At War in the Pacific National Historical Park, the former battlefields, gun emplacements, trenches, and historic structures all serve as silent reminders of the bloody World War II battles that raged across the Pacific. The park is known for its historic resources, but the verdant jungles, sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and stunning coral reefs also beckon visitors and residents to enjoy Guam.
Manzanar Monument
Manzanar National Historic Site (CA)
In 1942, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II.
historic photo of sailor at Port Chicago
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial (CA)
On the evening of July 17, 1944, 320 men were killed when two ships exploded while being loaded with ammunition for the Pacific theater troops. It was Americas worst home front loss of life during WWII. Due to racial segregation in the military, the majority of the men who died were African American. The mutiny and trial following the explosion were a major catalyst toward desegregating the military.
image of a Rosie the Riveter
Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park (CA)
Explore and honor the efforts and sacrifices of American civilians on the World War II home front. Find out how they lived, worked and got along. Many faces, many stories, many truths weave a complex tapestry of myths and realities from this time of opportunity and loss.
Franklin Roosevelt in wheel chair monument
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (DC)
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself....""The only thing we have to fear is fear itself...." iconic words from an iconic president. Learn more about the man, his memorial and his lasting legacy to the Nation.
Marianas Islands Memorial
Northern Mariana Islands American Memorial Park (Northern Marianas Islands)
American Memorial Park honors the American and Marianas people who gave their lives during the Marianas Campaign of World War II. 5,204 names are inscribed on a memorial which was dedicated during the 50th Anniversary of the Invasion of Saipan. Within the 133-acre boundary are white beaches, sporting areas, picnic sites, playgrounds, walkways, and a 30-acre protected wetland and mangrove forest.
USS Arizona Memorial
World War II Valor in the Pacific (HI, AK, CA)
From Engagement to Peace.World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument preserves and interprets the stories of the Pacific War, including the events at Pearl Harbor, the internment of Japanese Americans, the battles in the Aleutians, and the occupation of Japan.
PT Boat
Travel itineraries are self-guided tours to historic places most of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.Spotlighting different communities, geographic regions and themes across the country, the travel itineraries expose you to a huge variety of places significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.

Other National Park Service Sites Related to World War II

World War II Training Grounds for Military Units
Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland
Denali National Park, Alaska
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
Prince William Forest Park, Virginia
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Alabama
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

World War II Battle/Conflict Sites
Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, National Seashore

World War II Military Recovery and Recreation Camps
Bandalier National Monument, New Mexico
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
Denali National Park, Alaska
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, California
Yosemite National Park, California

World War II Coastal Defense, Radio/Radar and Aircraft Warning Systems
Acadia National Park, Maine
Gateway National Historic Site, New York
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California
Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Presidential Sites Related to World War II
Eisenhower National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
George Washington Memorial Parks, Virginia (POW Interrogation Center)

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