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.
The end of World War II brought unexpected challenges for American servicemembers in both Europe and the Pacific. Fighting forces turned into forces of occupation, working to maintain a fragile peace while living amongst former enemies.
International Translation Day is an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of language professionals and their role in bringing about peace. Roughly 6,000 Japanese Americans served as translators and interpreters with the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) in the Pacific, using the language of their parents and grandparents to shorten the war and save lives.