Between America's retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur's airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August of 1945, many key battles were fought in the war against Japan. From the debacle in Bataan, to the miracle at Midway and the relentless vortex of Guadalcanal, to the coral strongholds of Peleliu, the black terraces of Iwo Jima and the killing fields of Okinawa, to the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Pacific Theater victories came at a shocking price.
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