Pacific War 75th Anniversary Blogs

I wrote these essays on the 75th annivarsary of the major battles of the Pacific War, lest a new generation forget the sacrifice and dedication of the greatest generation - and the carnage of war. Let them also stand as a fervent hope that another world war never be inflicted on humankind.

Naturally, many nations formed the alliance that defeated Japan in the Pacific War, will all respect and admiration for all those countries that fought in this epic conflict, my blogs are limited to those battles fought largely by United States forces.

Please note that I, Michael B. Sturm, authored all these pieces but have not registered them for copyright protection. They were written and published on Face Book on the 75th Anniversary of the events discussed, between December, 2016 and September, 2020. I relied on many information sources, including publications of the U.S. Army Center for Military History and books of many authors. These sources will be listed separately.

These essays are in PDF format.

  • 6 December 1941:   The Eve of Pearl Harbor
  • June, 1942:  Midway
  • Summer-Fall, 1942:   Guadalcanal
  • 11 May 1943:   America scales up for war
  • 7 August 1943:   The Sinking of PT 109
  • 5 November 1943:   Revenge: The bombing of Rabaul and Captain Tameichi Hara's story
  • Dec, 1942 - Novenber 1943:  Prelude To Tarawa
  • November, 1943: Tarawa    Part I      Part II
  • December, 1943:  New Guinea
  • February, 1944:  Kwajalein
  • February, 1944:  Truk and Eniwetok
  • 27 May 1944:  Biak
  • Summer, 1944: The Marianas and the Battle of the Philippine Sea    Part I      Part II      Part III      Part IV
  • 2 September 1944:  The Rescue of George H. W. Bush
  • 15 September 1944: Peleliu    Part I      Part II
  • October 1944: The Philippines    Part I      Part II      Part III      Part IV     
  • November 1944: The Air War    Bombers and Bushido
  • December 1944 - September 1945: Luzon    The Battle of Luzon
  • 20 January 1945: Deployed to the Pacific Theater    Dad Ships Out
  • 19 February 1945: Iwo Jima    Part I    Part II    Part III
  • 1 April 1945: Okinawa    Part I    Part II    Part III    Part IV
  • 16 July 1945: The Bomb    Part I Matter and Energy    Part II Decisions, Decisions    Part III Your Choice
  • 14 August 1945:  VJ Day: The Pacific War Ends But Can War End?