World War II

 U.S. #1424 – MacArthur considered the Philippines his second home, having married his wife and raised his child there.
October 20, 1944

MacArthur’s Triumphant Return to Philippines

On October 20, 1944, General Douglas MacArthur fulfilled his promise to return to the Philippines.

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August 14, 1945

President Truman Announces Japan’s Surrender 

After nearly six years of a world at war, the Japanese surrendered on August 14, 1945, effectively ending World War II.

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 U.S. #3211 – During the Berlin Airlift, the U.S. and our Allies delivered food and supplies to blockaded West Berlin.
August 13, 1961

Work Begins on the Berlin Wall 

When the Nazis were defeated in World War II, Germany was divided into two countries. Shortly after midnight on August 13, 1961, East German soldiers laid barbed wire and bricks, creating the Berlin Wall.

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August 9, 1944

Smokey Bear Created to Join the War Effort 

On August 9, 1944, the U.S. Forest Service created Smokey Bear to encourage people to prevent forest fires.

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July 28th, 1935

First Flight of the B-17 Flying Fortress 

On July 28, 1935, Boeing’s Model 299, as it was called at the time, embarked on its first flight from a Seattle airfield. The plane would go on to be one of the most famous used during World War II.

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July 8, 1948

First Women Inducted into the U.S. Air Force 

Staff Sergeant Esther McGowin Blake raised her right hand and enlisted in the first minute women were allowed to join the U.S. Air Force on July 8, 1948. In doing so, she paved the way for a new generation of women’s military service.

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