National Park Sites World War II
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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
Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, National Seashore
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
Eisenhower National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
Home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site, New York
Last updated: November 24, 2015