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Focus On


Every month the Museum focuses on an event from World War II and examines that event through the Museum’s collections.  By presenting still images, artifacts, maps, documents, oral histories and motion pictures, the Museum highlights the human side of the conflict.  World War II was the most destructive war in history; when examined as a whole the scale becomes overwhelming.  The Museum hopes that by focusing on the stories of the common person in the war, people today may form a better understanding of the forces that participated in the War that Changed the World.

Focus On: Saipan and the Marianas

Chronicles the Marine Corps struggle to capture the island of Saipan in the Marianas; and the 20th Air Force's bombing efforts launched from the Marianas against the heart of the Japanese Empire.

Focus On: D-Day Kwajalein

The Battle for Kwajalein Atoll was fought from 31 January to 3 February 1944 by U.S. Army and Marine forces.

Focus On: Merrill's Marauders
Merrill’s Marauders were an elite U.S. unit that fought successfully in Burma during World War II and are considered the founders of the current 75th Rangers.

Focus On: Stalemate at Anzio
The landing at Anzio was a plan to outflank the German defensive line in southern Italy and make a drive onto Rome in early 1944.

Focus On: Pearl Harbor

The Japanese Empires surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was the pivotal point that brought the United States into the Second World War.

Focus On: The Invasion of Tarawa

The second island to be invaded in the Pacific was Tarawa; this battle was fought from 20-23 November 1943 by the 2nd Marine Division, the U.S. Navy and elements of the 27th U.S. Army Infantry Division.

Focus On: The Battle of the Bulge

The largest land battle in U.S. military history is referred to as the Battle of the Bulge, which was fought from 16 December 1944 to 25 January 1945.

Focus On: Wings
The U.S. Army Air Force pilot training program graduated nearly 200,000 pilots between 1939 and 1945.  

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