On June 21, 1945, US troops captured Okinawa from the Japanese. It was the last major WWII battle in the Pacific and has been called the “typhoon of steel” for the fierce fighting, intense kamikaze attacks, and large number of Allied ships and vehicles that assaulted the island.
On February 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth aboard his Friendship 7 capsule.
On November 20, 1943, U.S. troops launched the Battle of Tarawa, the first American offensive in the central Pacific region of World War II.
On June 27, 1950, President Harry Truman announced that America would send troops to aid South Korea.
Chester William Nimitz was born on February 24, 1885, in Fredericksburg, Texas.
The forerunner of the United States Marines was established on November 10, 1775, in the midst of the American Revolutionary War.