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Aug 14

14 August 1945: The Decision of Japan to Surrender to the Allies

Saturday, August 14, 2010 12:01 AM


Surrender came with great reluctance to the Japanese at the end of World War II. By 14 August 1945, when Emperor Hirohito made the final decision to submit to the stern terms dictated by the Allies, however, Japan’s ability to wage war had been virtually annihilated. Cut off from raw materials by the destruction of the merchant fleet, Japan’s factories could manufacture little in the way of weaponry. The few ships that remained of the once mighty Japanese Imperial Navy were limited in what they could do by lack of fuel. The Supreme War Council could foresee no results from… Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 27


Tuesday, July 27, 2010 11:27 AM


From The Marine Corps History Division… The 24 July – 1 August 1944 campaign for the assault and capture of the Mariana Islands played a vital role in the final defeat of Japan. Planners deemed the islands of Guam, Saipan, and Tinian of critical importance because the Army Air Corps needed bases from which its long-range bombers could make non-stop strikes on Japan. Additionally, the Navy wanted the islands developed as advance bases, and hoped that a Marianas operation would draw out the Japanese Combined Fleet so that it could be engaged in a decisive battle. After the capture of… Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 14

ZC Files- Researching Ships in the Navy Department Library

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 8:44 AM


Last week we talked about getting started on researching a family member who served in the US Navy. This week we would like to take a minute to talk about researching ships. A great starting point is the Naval History and Heritage Command Frequently Asked Questions on Ship’s History and Record Logs. This will provide you with very informative links on Deck Logs and the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships among other resources. Here in the Navy Department Library we have numerous books on ships, plus a unique collection available on individual ships called the ZC Files.  Our ZC files  are an… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

From the Blogosphere: The Armorer Reminds Us…

Friday, April 30, 2010 12:33 PM


… that the Vietnam War ended 35 years ago today. Thirty-five years ago today, I was an about-to-graduate high school senior. State wrestling champ, All-state football player, with a scholarship offer from the University of Missouri. Ready to move on to the next phase. I walked down the stairs to where my bedroom was, turned left, and the Auld Soldier was sitting on the couch, watching TV. He was four months away from retiring after 27 years, two wars, a Silver Star, BSM w/v, and seven Purple Hearts. Read More In honor of those who went and came back. And… Read the rest of this entry »

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