Victory in the Pacific

Guam, Tinian, Saipan, and the Anniversary of Iwo Jima
March 16 - 26, 2018

Tour Overview

This unique, inaugural journey from The National WWII Museum takes guests to the sites of the Pacific war, from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima and more. Travel luxuriously while experiencing history up close, with help from renowned historians and eyewitnesses to World War II.

Explore the War in the Pacific

Introducing The National WWII Museum’s Tour of the Pacific Theater. Take a journey that centers around the story of the Americans who forged a road to Tokyo through courage, ingenuity, and sacrifice, and ended the war, at last. Retrace the grueling trail that led from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay, explore the evolving strategy for fighting relentless Japanese forces in Asia and the Pacific, and examine cultural differences, logistical challenges, and the staggering range of extreme conditions that confronted American military forces.

Steeped in WWII history, the present-day serenity found at these stunning locations is a stark contrast to ferocious fighting that once took place here. Breathtaking landscapes with secluded volcanic mountain peaks, clear waters surrounding coral fringed islets, and grottos filled with sea turtles—discover the Marianas with The National WWII Museum Educational Travel program and revel in the hidden treasures of these Pacific islands. From the blazing white shorelines of Saipan to the black volcanic ash on Iwo Jima’s landing beaches, walk in the everlasting footsteps of the servicemen who gave their all for victory.

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Tour Inclusions

Luxurious resorts

• Two nights accommodations at the historic, five-star Westin Moana Surfrider Hotel in Honolulu

• Three nights accommodations at the Five-star Kensington Hotel Saipan

• Four nights accommodations at the five-star Dusit Thani Hotel Guam

All-inclusive flights

• Roundtrip economy-class air* on scheduled United Airlines flights between Los Angeles and Honolulu; Honolulu and Guam; and Guam and Los Angeles (via Honolulu)

• Roundtrip private chartered air between Guam and Iwo Jima; Guam and Saipan; and Saipan and Tinian

Museum amenities and services

• Nine breakfasts, five lunches, four receptions, four dinners

• Free-flow beer, wine, spirits, coffee, water, tea, and soft drinks at all included meals and receptions

• Personal listening devices on all included touring

• Entrance fees to all sights, museums, and attractions included in the itinerary

• VIP access to sites not offered on other tours

• Video oral history presentations from the Museum’s collection

• Private, air-conditioned motor coach transportation, including bottled water and refreshing cloths on excursions

• All airport transportation throughout program itinerary, including arrival transfer (Honolulu) and departure transfer (Guam)

• Included gratuities to local guides, drivers, porters, and included meal service

• Expert Museum Historian- and Curator-led battlefield tours

• Informative map book, including battlefield maps, and archival images to be used throughout your journey

• Document wallet, personalized luggage tags, and customized name badge

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Victory in the Pacific

Tour Itinerary

Destination Map

Full Tour Itinerary

March 16, 2018 - Day 1

Arrival

Upon arrival into Honolulu International Airport, guests transfer to the five-star Westin Moana Surfrider, where you will be welcomed by the Museum’s travel team. The remainder of your day is at leisure to relax and enjoy the hotel’s many resort amenities.

Westin Moana Surfrider 

March 17, 2018 - Day 2

Pearl Harbor, The USS Missouri, and DPAA

Begin your exploration of the war in the Pacific at the very place where a Japanese attack brought the country into the war. At the USS Arizona (BB-39) Memorial, pay tribute to the 1,177 men who were killed when the ship’s forward magazine exploded, causing the ship to sink in a matter of minutes. On the USS Missouri (BB-63), stand where the the Japanese Empire formally surrendered to the Allied powers. After lunch at the historic Natsunoya Tea House, continue on a special visit to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. At the laboratory, historical research and DNA technology combine in an effort to locate and identify missing service men and women throughout the world. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner with your fellow tour guests on the Diamond Lawn of the Moana Surfrider as you enjoy a lovely island sunset.

Moana Surfrider (B, L, D, R)

March 18/19, 2018 - Day 3 (Cross International Dateline)

Journey to Saipan

After a relaxing morning at leisure, fly to Saipan, advancing to the next day en route by passing over the International Date Line. The American war effort achieved a great crescendo in June of 1944. Immediately following the fall of Rome came the Normandy invasion. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, a great invasion force sailed towards Saipan for a landing on June 15. If captured, Saipan and the neighboring island of Tinian offered airfields from which B-29s could attack the Japanese home islands. Once ashore on Saipan, Americans faced challenges due to formidable geography, a significant civilian population, and Japan’s willingness to fight to the last man.

The Kensington Hotel Saipan (B)

March 20, 2018 - Day 4

Saipan Landing Beaches, Purple Heart Ridge, and the Suicide Cliffs

The Battle of Saipan moved from south to north, with the invasion beaches located on the southwest coast. After securing the southern sector of the island, American forces slogged northward, facing increasingly stubborn and fanatical Japanese resistance, often to the last man. Today, guests will stand on the landing beaches, explore the bomb magazine used to supply the planes attacking Guam on December 8, 1941, and participate in an incredibly moving visit to the cliffs where thousands of Japanese civilians and soldiers committed suicide upon realizing that Saipan was lost. Along the way, oral histories from the Museum’s collection will highlight the brutal aspects of the battle and the emotions felt by those who witnessed the suicides.

The Kensington Hotel Saipan (B/L)

March 21, 2018 - Day 5

Tinian and the Atomic Bomb

The island of Tinian is just minutes away from Saipan by air. After arriving at Tinian International Airport by privately chartered aircraft, embark on a tour of iconic North Field. The airfield today is a mixture of modern monuments and memorials with buildings and vehicles in varying states of preservation and decay. Explore a massive Japanese fuel storage facility where damaged oil drums still remain today. Stand above the bomb pits from which Little Boy and Fat Man were loaded onto the B-29’s Enola Gay and Bockscar. Walk the surprisingly narrow White Beach where the US Marine Corps landed to secure the island, where debris from the battle remains today. Upon departure from Tinian en route to Saipan, your plane will embark on a scenic flyover of Tinian, giving you an aerial perspective of the day’s touring.

The Kensington Hotel Saipan (B, L)

March 22, 2018 - Day 6

Journey to Guam

After a relaxing morning on Saipan, board a short flight this afternoon to Guam. A US territory since the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, Guam was attacked by the Japanese on December 8, 1941—technically the same day as Pearl Harbor, due to its location on the other side of the International Date Line. The Japanese occupied Guam until August 1944, when the island was liberated by the US 3rd Marine Division, 1st Marine Provisional Brigade, and 77th Infantry Division. This evening, a festive reception welcomes the group to the Dusit Thani Resort before dinner at leisure.

Dusit Thani Resort (B, R)

March 23, 2018 - Day 7

Guam

Using lessons learned in the battle of Saipan, the US invasion of Guam relied upon a 13-day preparatory bombardment. Visits include Asan and Agat landing beaches, where the US Marines and the Army’s 77th Infantry Division faced stiff Japanese resistance.

Continue to explore the island, including Ga’an Point overlooking the Orote Peninsula and Agat landing beaches. We will also visit the Asan Bay overlook, home to a memorial wall containing the names of the US servicemen who lost their lives during the 1941 defense of Guam, the liberators of Guam who retook the island in 1944, and the Guamanian soldiers and civilians on the island who endured the Japanese occupation. Visit the US National Park Service Visitors Center en route, which provides a moving perspective on the Chamorro population’s wartime suffering during the war.

The National WWII Museum’s historians traveling with our guests will explain the linkup of the assault forces and the push to liberate the island. Stories from the Museum’s special exhibit, Loyal Forces: The Animals of WWII, will provide additional insight into today’s visit to The National War Dog Memorial. This evening, an engaging panel discussion with Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams, fellow World War II veterans Jerome “Jerry” Yellin and Edgar Harrell, Museum historians, and featured speakers Richard Frank and Jon Parshall will illuminate the significance of our visit tomorrow to the Island of Iwo Jima and the 73rd Commemoration Ceremony.

Dusit Thani Resort (B, L, D, R)

March 24, 2018 - Day 8

The 73rd Commemoration of Iwo Jima

Early this morning, board a privately chartered flight to Iwo Jima to take part in the 73rd anniversary commemorations on the island. The island of Iwo Jima, now named Iwo To, is open only once per year for this very special Reunion of Honor. On arrival, guests may take the opportunity to hike to the top of Mt. Suribachi, where the iconic flag-raising photo was taken, and attend a joint American and Japanese Water Blessing Ceremony. With the Museum’s veteran guests, explore the volcanic rock beaches, the unique rugged terrain of the island, and reflect on the extreme American loss in this battle: 26,000 casualties in 36 days of combat. Roughly one American for every three who landed on Iwo Jima became a casualty. This day provides a unique opportunity for each guest to honor the men who fought in this historic battle, as well as the Gold Star Families who also gave so much for the capture of this island. Time is provided to absorb as much of the atmosphere and the emotion involved in this iconic American battle before returning to Guam this evening.

Dusit Thani Resort (B, L, D)

March 25, 2018 - Day 9

Guam

Enjoy the day at leisure in Guam to unwind from the emotionally charged day on Iwo Jima. Take advantage of the amenities at the Dusit Thani Resort, participate in a cultural excursion, or visit the Senator Antonio M. Palomo Guam Museum & Educational Facility. In the evening, a special farewell reception and dinner recaps the highlights of the tour and offers a glimpse of what is to come on the Road to Tokyo and The Battle for Peleliu optional post-tour extension programs.

Dusit Thani Hotel (B,R,D)

March 26, 2018 - Day 10

Departure or Post-Tour Extension

Depart the Dusit Thani Resort this morning and transfer to the Guam International Airport for flights home or onward to one of our optional extension programs.

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Extension - Optional Five-Day Post-Tour Program:
The Road to Tokyo

The Road to Tokyo

March 26 to March 30, 2018

After visiting Pearl Harbor, exploring the liberation of Saipan, and standing over the atomic bomb pits on Tinian, The National WWII Museum’s Road to Tokyo optional post tour extension to the cities of Tokyo and Hiroshoma bring a highly engaging and educational close to an emotionally moving journey. The symbolism of the War in the Pacific is best told by two wristwatches locked in two significant moments in history. On the main program, you will hear the story of Roy “Swede” Boreen in Pearl Harbor and his escape from the USS Oklahoma which caused his watch, now on display in The National WWII Museum, to stop at 8:04 am on December 7, 1941. Finishing the post-tour in Hiroshima, you will see the watch belonging to Akito Kawagoe, a Japanese soldier stationed just over one mile from the blast. His watch is stopped just after 8:15 am, August 6, 1945, seconds after the detonation. 

Along the way, you will discuss the Japanese perspectives of the war and their methods of memorialization. A visit to the Yushukan War Memorial in Tokyo is likely to envoke discussion points in this evening’s lecture with Featured Guest, Jon Parshall and Hiroshoma bomb survivor, Mr. Ittsei Nakagwa. The National Showa Memorial Museum highlights the condition of Japanese civilians during the war years. Once in Hiroshima, travel to the nearby maritime city of Kure and the “Yamato Museum” with a 1/10 scale model of the largest battleship ever built. Finish the tour at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the nearby Atomic Bomb Dome. Here you will stand at ground zero and pay witness to the first atomic bomb attack in history, a fitting end to a remarkable journey through the War in the Pacific.

Westin Hotel Tokyo (Two Nights)

Sheraton Hotel Hiroshima (Two Nights)

Extension - Optional Five-Day Post-Tour Program:
The Battle for Peleliu

The Battle for Peleliu

March 26 to March 30, 2018

Join the Museum on a journey of a lifetime to an island populated with so many World War II artifacts that it is a living battlefield museum in its own right. On an island visited by mere handfuls of tourists each year, you will explore the landing beaches and relics and the landscape that continues to embrace the souls of the thousands of American soldiers that perished here.  A combination of local battlefield guides and expert WWII Museum historians will illuminate the sights and sounds of an island frozen in time.

Part of the independent nation of Palau, Peleliu measures roughly six miles long and two miles wide. The island's infrastructure is built upon roads constructed by the Seabees in the months after the battle ended. Just beyond the roads, lies a network of runways, bunkers, and caves that all tell a story. Our tour highlights include stopping at key sights that are immortalized in the HBO miniseries The Pacific. These sites include the heavily defended landing beaches, the heavily defended airfield and accompanying administration building, Bloody Nose Ridge, the remains of a Japanese Zero, Japanese bunkers and caves, as well as numerous Marine Corps and US Army landing craft scattered throughout the island. Wreckage is still strewn on each of the invasion beaches and throughout the island. 

Guests will have the opportunity on our last day to choose an included optional excursion to enjoy the mud baths of the Rock Islands, deep sea fishing, or a cultural tour of the island 's capital Babeldaob, who's capital building is interestingly a replica of the American capital.

Accommodations are at the Five-Star Palau Pacific Resort on the nearby island of Koror and transportation each day to Peleliu is aboard a comfortable privately chartered ship sailing through the Rock Islands, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and past a submerged Japanese Zero. Don't miss this unique journey into one of the hardest-won victories in the Pacific. 

Palau Pacific Resort

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Featured Guests & Historians

FEATURED GUEST

HERSHEL “WOODY” WILLIAMS, MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT

A native of Quiet Dell, West Virginia, Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams has led anything but a quiet life. When he turned 16, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) with hopes of staying in West Virginia, but was stationed in Montana when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. With the country now at war, the CCC program ended and Woody returned home.

At 18, Woody attempted to enlist in the Marine Corps, but was denied because of the height requirement. He did not allow this to quash his sense of patriotism—he again left home to work at a war production factory in Pennsylvania. When the Marine Corps adjusted their height requirement, Woody enlisted and was sent to boot camp in San Diego, California.

Assigned the 21st Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Woody’s first major combat was on Guam. Armed with an M1 Garand, he found himself defending the line against a Japanese banzai charge. It was his next combat at Iwo Jima, however, where Woody etched his place in history. On February 23, 1945, under immense enemy fire, Woody performed heroic actions with a flamethrower against well-defended Japanese bunkers. For his actions that day, he received the Medal of Honor.

Woody’s Marine Corps service continued into the 1960s, and he has remained a strong example of character for our military and youth. Another passion of Woody’s is recognizing the Gold Star family members of those who sacrificed themselves in service to our country. In 2010, the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation was founded to honor these families throughout the United States. With the goal of ensuring that fallen heroes are never forgotten, Woody's organization builds Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments throughout the country. Additionally, the Foundation provides scholarships to eligible Gold Star children. To date there are 13 dedicated monuments and 39 additional projects in progress throughout 29 US states.

FEATURED GUEST

Keith Renstrom

A native of Huntsville, Utah, Keith Renstrom grew up on a farm during the Great Depression.  Feeling the need to follow in his father’s footsteps and serve his country, Renstrom joined the United States Marine Corps in 1940.  After his recruit training in San Diego, Renstrom was deployed to Iceland, where he stayed for several months in preparation for a possible German invasion.  Keith was sent back to the United States for additional training and in 1943 was assigned as a Gunnery Sergeant to F Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment as part of the 4th Marine Division.  
 
Keith and the 4th Marine Division shipped out from California in January 1944 bound for their first combat on the islands of the Kwajalein atoll.  Following the short and vicious campaign on Kwajalein, Renstrom was sent to Maui for rest and refit before entering combat again in June 1944 on the island of Saipan. On Saipan, Renstrom experienced his first taste of truly heavy combat.  Renstrom’s unit pushed eastward from the landing beaches, capturing Aslito airfield and engaging the enemy along the eastern side of the island at places like Hill 500, Donnay, Hill 721 and finally Marpi Point. It was at Marpi that Renstrom watched as hundreds of civilians plunged to their own deaths after throwing themselves from the cliffs to the jagged rocks below. Following the campaign on Saipan, Renstrom and his unit landed on Tinian and proceeded along the western side of the island capturing the airfields and Tinian Town by the end of July, sustaining a leg wound in the process. 
 
Following action in the Marianas, Renstrom and the 4th Marine Division were sent back to Hawai’i for rest and refit before their final battle of the war, Iwo Jima.  Landing on February 19, Renstrom stayed on Iwo Jima for eleven days of constant combat, before his luck ran out. Renstrom was evacuated from Iwo, having suffered wounds from a Japanese grenade that exploded in his face, putting him out of combat. For the remainder of the war he served as a Drill Instructor in San Diego, instilling the lessons he learned in combat to future Marines.

FEATURED GUEST

JERRY YELLIN

Captain (Retired) Jerry Yellin is an Army Air Corps veteran who served in World War II between 1941 and 1945.

Enlisting two months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on his 18th birthday, Yellin graduated from Luke Air Field as a fighter pilot in August of 1943, and spent the remainder of the war flying P-40, P-47, and P-51 combat missions in the Pacific with the 78th Fighter Squadron.

He participated in the first land-based fighter mission over Japan on April 7, 1945, and flew the final combat mission of World War II on August 14, 1945—the day the war ended. On that mission, his wingman, Phillip Schlamberg, was the last man killed in a combat mission during the war.

After the war ended, Jerry struggled with severe, undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He always wondered why he survived while so many of his comrades died. In 1975, he began practicing transcendental meditation (TM), and has since benefitted greatly from this technique. Jerry travels the world sharing his story and helping to bring healing and hope to a new generation of veterans who are battling PTSD. He is the award-winning author of four books, including Of War and Weddings, The Blackened Canteen, The Resilient Warrior, and The Letter.

Jerry Yellin
FEATURED GUEST

EDGAR HARRELL

Edgar Harrell grew up on the banks of the Tennessee River in Turkey Creek, Kentucky. After Pearl Harbor, he felt a strong sense of patriotism and after hearing of American victory at the Battle of Midway and the stories of the hard fighting of the Marines in battles across the South Pacific, he decided to serve his country and joined the Marine Corps in the fall of 1943. He completed boot camp in San Diego, California, was sent to sea school, and then assigned to a combat ship.

In March of 1944, Harrell was assigned as part of the Marine guard detachment to the USS Indianapolis (CA-35). His first combat experiences were at Kwajalein and Eniwetok, in the Marshall Islands. Harrell and his ship took part in bombarding Saipan, shot down a torpedo plane in the “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot,” and eventually moved to Tinian to bombard installations there. Harrell and the Indianapolis also bombed Peleliu, bombarded Iwo Jima, and took part in the shelling of Okinawa.

While in San Francisco for repairs from the repelling of kamikaze pilots off of Okinawa, Harrell was assigned to guard a mysterious crate under heavy guard. The ship got underway immediately and delivered the cargo to Tinian Island. What Harrell did not know was that the components he guarded were integral parts of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

While few know of the vital role of the Indianapolis in the success of the Manhattan project, the story of what happened to the ship has become one of the most notable naval stories of the war. Just three days out of Guam, en route to the Philippine Islands, the Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine. While 900 of the crew survived the sinking, by the time that they were rescued five days later, only 317 survivors were still alive. Harrell was one of the lucky survivors, and in 2005 published a book about his wartime experiences, Out of the Depths: A Survivor’s Story of the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis.

Edgar Harrell
FEATURED GUEST

ITTSEI NAKAGAWA, ATOMIC BOMB SURVIVOR

Born in Fresno, California, in 1930, and raised primarily in California by his immigrant parents, Ittsei Nakagawa is a US citizen of Japanese ancestry. Around 1940, his family recognized that tensions were building between Japan and the United States, and planned a visit to family elders, who now lived in Hiroshima. Ittsei’s parents left him with his grandparents, returned to California, and planned to bring him home in a few months; but the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, prevented him from returning to the United States. He was now an American citizen stuck in Japan.

As a child, Ittsei spoke English as his primary language, so he had to quickly learn Japanese to enroll in school and continue his education. He attended high school for a few years, but as the war raged on, he was forced to work in a factory in downtown Hiroshima. This factory was largely a wooden structure, full of mechanical lathes and metal working equipment. Never quite certain what he was building, Ittsei was forced to report to this factory and work as instructed.

On the morning of August 6, 1945, Ittsei was preparing to start his shift when air raid sirens began to sound. He recalls a lone B-29 flying over the city, and then the "all clear" was given. As people were leaving the air raid shelters and returning to work, Ittsei recalled a sudden shock and the Earth felt as if it were breaking into pieces. There was sudden blackness and ash outside. He was completely lost and confused, but alive and unscathed. He had no idea at the time that he was caught near ground zero of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

After the war, Ittsei served as a translator for the US Army, both in an effort to make a living and also attempting to return to the United States. In 1947, he was finally able to return to California, where he attended college and earned a degree in architecture. He designed and worked with some of the earliest nuclear power plants in the state of California, and also has the distinctions of being one of the few American citizens in Hiroshima during the war, and even more significant, one that survived an atomic bomb.

Ittsei Nakagawa
FEATURED SPEAKER

JONATHAN PARSHALL

Parshall saw his interest in the Imperial Japanese Navy develop early in his childhood. As an adult, that passion has led him to write for The Naval War College Review, the US Naval Institute’s Proceedings magazine, and World War II Magazine. Parshall’s book Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway, which he coauthored with Anthony Tully, is seen as the definitive account of that pivotal battle in the Pacific. A graduate of Carleton College and the Carlson School of Management, Parshall is currently working on a history of the year 1942 and how the Allies transformed themselves to meet their respective challenges during that year. He is an adjunct lecturer for the US Naval War College, and he has appeared on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and the BBC. Parshall brings an intimate knowledge of Japan to the post-tour extension, having lived in Hiroshima with his wife in the 1990s.

Jon Parshall
FEATURED SPEAKER

RICHARD FRANK

Richard Frank is an international expert on the War in the Pacific and a veteran of the Vietnam War. After graduating from the University of Missouri, he was commissioned in the United States Army, where he served for nearly four years, including a tour of duty in Vietnam as an aerorifle platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division. He completed studies at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. Soon afterward, he began research on his first book, Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Campaign, which was published in 1990 and won the United States Marine Corps’ General Wallace M. Greene Award. Frank’s other publications include Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire, which won the 2000 Harry S. Truman Book Award, and MacArthur. He has appeared numerous times on or consulted for television and radio programs, and was also a historical consultant and appeared as a key interviewee in the HBO miniseries The Pacific. He is currently working on a narrative history trilogy about the Asian-Pacific War. Frank also currently sits on the Museum’s Presidential Counselors advisory board.

MUSEUM CURATOR

JAMES LINN

A native of New Orleans, James Linn IV first became involved with the institution then-known as The National D-Day Museum in 2001 as an 8th-grade volunteer on weekends and in the summer. James attended the Univerisity of New Orleans earning his BA in history in 2011 and a Masters of Arts in Public History in 2016. His master’s thesis, Supplying the Asia-Pacific Theater: United States Logistics and the American Merchant Marine in World War II discusses the movement of men, ships, and material across the Pacific during World War II. James joined The National WWII Museum staff in 2014 and currently serves as a curator. In addition to leading tours at the Museum in New Orleans and abroad, and working on the Museum’s permanent exhibits, James has recently curated the Museum’s newest special exhibit: The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II.

James Linn
MUSEUM CURATOR

LARRY DECUERS

After serving in the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division as an infantryman, Larry Decuers joined The National WWII Museum as a curator in 2008. Specializing in infantry weapons, uniforms, and equipment of World War II, Decuers brings his vast knowledge on our overseas travel programs. Since joining the Museum, Decuers has provided historical content for US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, Road to Tokyo, and Road to Berlin. In addition to working on the content team for the Museum’s permanent galleries, Decuers has curated temporary exhibits on the Battle of Midway, the Black Sheep Squadron (VMF-214), the Eastern Front, LIFE magazine artist correspondent Tom Lea, and the Air War in Europe. Decuers has led hundreds of behind-the-scenes tours through the Museum’s artifacts and armament collection, providing a hands-on and in-depth perspective of what the soldiers carried and how it affected outcomes on the battlefield.

Larry Decuers
MUSEUM HISTORIAN

SETH PARIDON

Seth Paridon has been a staff historian at The National WWII Museum for thirteen years. He began his career conducting oral histories and research for HBO’s miniseries The Pacific and holds the distinction of being the first historian hired by the Museum’s Research Department. Seth served as one of the chief historians and content team members during the development and construction of the US Freedom Pavilion, Road to Berlin, Road to Tokyo, and Arsenal of Democracy permanent exhibits, as well as many temporary exhibits, contributing to every aspect of exhibit creation from historical research, to copy editing, gallery design, and video production. Seth currently holds the position of Digital Content Manager in the Museum’s new Media and Education Center, and is tasked with creating historical media utilizing the museum’s vast collection of oral histories and archival footage. He had the rare opportunity to accompany WWII Veteran Paul Hilliard to the Pacific once before, where he toured Saipan, Tinian, Guam, and Iwo Jima.

Seth Paridon
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Accommodations

Featured Hotel

Westin Moana Surfrider Hotel

A National WWII Museum favorite, in the heart of Waikiki Beach, the Moana Surfrider opened in 1901 and is often referred to as the “First Lady of Waikiki.” This oceanfront hotel is a legendary landmark and remains a premier five-star resort property on the island.

Our Tower Ocean View rooms measure 222 up to 322 square feet and offer:

• Private balcony

• Westin’s signature Heavenly Beds

• Well-appointed granite baths with Westin Heavenly Spa bath products

• Complimentary Wi-Fi

• 32” LCD television

• Complimentary Kona Coffee & Tazo Teas

The property includes two excellent dining venues offering excellent views of the beachfront, along with two lounges and a convenient café offering light bites.

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Featured Hotel

The Kensington Hotel Saipan

Newly renovated, this hotel’s unique and luxurious boutique design make it a standout in our itinerary. Nearly 400 square feet, our Royal Deluxe room category located on floors 6 – 9 at this property assure incredible views the azure waters and white sands at Pau Pau Beach. 

Accommodations include:

• Four hundred-thread-count sheets and premium mattresses

• Spa-quality bath amenities with spacious shower

• Attractive nautical-style design with calming color palettes

• 50” LED television

• Complimentary in-room mini-bar

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Featured Hotel

Dusit Thani Guam Resort

Located on the Island’s magnificent Tumon Bay, the newest hotel on the island of Guam is the most luxurious yet. Spacious, well-appointed Deluxe Oceanfront guest rooms measure more than 450 square feet, and feature an expansive balcony offering stunning panoramic views of the Philippine Sea.

Our Deluxe Oceanfront rooms provide:

• Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel property

• Bottled water, replenished daily

• Satellite television

• Bathrobe, slippers, hairdryer, and spa-quality bath amenities

• Selection of daily newspapers and magazines

• Individual reading lights

Offering four dining venues, the Dusit Thani Guam offers guests an opportunity to enjoy an eclectic mix of dining options. The hotel’s lobby lounge offers a terrace from which to enjoy the spectacular sunsets, along with a gourmet coffee shop. World-class facilities assure guests a memorable and comfortable stay. Enjoy a modern fitness center, pool, and the hotel’s captivating Devarana Spa, which includes traditional Thai treatments from the hotel brand’s homeland, as well as Chamorro inspired massage, influenced by the indigenous people of the island. Within steps of the hotel, the area features luxury shopping opportunities and a myriad of dining and entertainment options for your enjoyment.

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Post Tour Extension Hotel

Palau Pacific Resort

A Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence recipient, the Palau Pacific Resort sits on 64 acres of lush tropical gardens hugged by a spectacular private white-sand beach. This 165-room resort is decorated in traditional, but elegant island style, and provides luxurious amenities and service of a world-class property. 

There are both inside and outside dining and lounge venues, a swimming pool, an in-house dive shop, hair salon, art gallery, and sundry shopping, and comfortable open-air seating areas from which to enjoy the evening tradewinds. One of the Republic of Palau’s leading hotels, the resort offers guests a full array of leisure activities and resort facilities conveniently available on property, including the world renowned Mandara Spa.

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Post Tour Extension Hotel

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel

The Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel is the premier property in Hiroshima. Ideally located, the hotel offers two dining venues, two lounges, an indoor pool, a Jacuzzi, and a fitness center. The deluxe guest rooms have comfortable seating areas with writing desks, and offer 376 square feet of living space.

* Room category and flight upgrades available at an additional cost to be advised. Please contact us for more details.

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Post Tour Extension Hotel

The Westin Tokyo Hotel

The Westin Tokyo welcomes you to the heart of the most metropolitan city in Japan. Located in the quiet upscale area of Yebisu, The Westin Tokyo is perfectly positioned for our stay. Boasting spacious accommodations with excellent views of the city, classic European décor, and five-star amenities, the hotel proudly stands in the ranks of some of the best hotels in Tokyo. The hotel also offers multiple dining and lounge venues, workout facilities, and full-service spa.

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Tour Pricing

Program Pricing

Price per person based on Double Occupancy 

$13,999 

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Price per person based on Single Occupancy

$18,199

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POST-TOUR EXTENSION OPTIONS

The Road to Tokyo Extension Program 
Price per person based on Double Occupancy

Optional 4-night post-tour extension program
$3,999

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The Road to Tokyo Extension Program 
Price per person based on Single Occupancy

Optional 4-night post-tour extension program
$5,199 

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The Battle for Peleliu Extension Program 
Price per person based on Double Occupancy

Optional 4-night post-tour extension program
$3,499 

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The Battle for Peleliu Extension Program 
Price per person based on Single Occupancy

Optional 4-night post-tour extension program
$4,549 

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Victory in the Pacific

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