R.V. Burgin and his fellow Marines were dug in on Walt’s Ridge during the Battle of Cape Gloucester.
R.V. Burgin and his fellow Marines were dug in on Walt’s Ridge during the Battle of Cape Gloucester. Throughout the course of one night during the battle, they successfully held off five Japanese “banzai” attacks.
Often overshadowed by the Battle of Midway, the hard-fought carrier naval battle in May 1942 in the waters of the Coral Sea north of Australia marked the end of the phase of Japanese triumphs in the Pacific War and proved to be of strategic significance.
The US military was a nearly unstoppable force during WWII, but the challenges of weather and natural disasters meant that the power of American bombs and bullets could pale in comparison to the power of nature.