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  • Battle of Midway 75th Anniversary Recollections
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    Battle of Midway 75th Anniversary Recollections

    Four World War II Navy veterans who participated in the Battle of the Midway in June of 1942 recounted their experiences. The United States sank four Japanese aircraft carriers at the…

    831 views
  • Lead Up to the Battle of Guadalcanal
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    Lead Up to the Battle of Guadalcanal

    In this program from the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, military historian Richard Frank illustrated the events after Pearl Harbor that led to the Battle of Guadalcanal, which…

    830 views
  • Battles of Hurtgen Forest and Peleliu
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    Battles of Hurtgen Forest and Peleliu

    Historians Rick Atkinson and Richard Frank talked about two World War II battles -  Hurtgen Forest and Peleliu, which both resulted in high American casualties. They talked about whether…

    813 views
  • MacArthur Hirohito and Famine in Postwar Japan
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    MacArthur, Hirohito, and Famine in Postwar Japan

    Richard Frank talked about America’s post-World War II occupation of Japan. Mr. Frank spoke about General Douglas MacArthur’s relationship with Emperor Hirohito, and efforts to set up food distribution…

    965 views
  • Victory Over Japan Day Commemoration
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    V-J Day 70th Anniversary Commemoration

    A ceremony was held at the National World War II Memorial commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Allied Forces Victory in the Pacific and the effective end of World War II. The Empire of Japan formally…

    397 views
  • Discussion on the Fall of the Japanese Empire
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    Fall of the Japanese Empire

    Richard Frank, author of Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire, spoke about the events leading up to Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II. He talked about American and…

    2,310 views
  • Trumans Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb
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    Truman's Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

    Panelists debated whether the use of the atomic bomb was morally sound, necessary to end the war, or the first shot of the Cold War. With thousands of combatants and civilians dying each month,…

    2,374 views
  • Pacific War Turning Point
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    Pacific War Turning Point

    Historians talked about the turning point in the Pacific theater during World War II. Craig Symonds argued the Battle of Midway was the decisive engagement that shifted momentum in the Allies favor, while Richard…

    2,786 views
  • End of Combat Operations in Iraq
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    End of Combat Operations in Iraq

    President Bush addressed the nation from the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). He declared the end of major military operations in Iraq, praised military personnel for their…

    989 views
  • World War II War Crimes Trials
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    World War II War Crimes Trials

    Panelists discussed World War II war crime trials. Topics included the philosophy and justification of holding the trials, and the problem of who was or was not put on trial. Joe Persico spoke on the topic…

    1,180 views
  • The Atomic Bomb Decision and Preparations
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    The Atomic Bomb: Decision and Preparations

    The panelists discussed the reasons for and necessity of dropping the atomic bombs on Japan. They also highlighted U.S. preparations for an invasion of the Japanese home islands and Japanese…

    405 views
  • The Atomic Bomb Question and Answer Session
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    The Atomic Bomb: Question and Answer Session

    Participants answered written questions from the audience about the development of the atomic bomb and the reasons for and alternatives to using it against Japan.

    703 views