World War II and Beyond
From 1939-1945, World War II engulfed the globe as the Allies (Britain, France, United States and eventually USSR as well as others) fought the Axis Powers (Nazi Germany, Italy, Japan ). Like World War I, the United States did not enter World War II until later, in 1941 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. United States soldiers fought in World War II in European nations (Eastern and Western front in Europe), against the Japanese in the Pacific (Pacific front)), as well as in Mediterranean, Middle East, and African campaigns. After the defeat of Germany and Italy in May of 1945 (VE Day- Victory in Europe Day), the Pacific war continued until the late summer when the United States dropped the first two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, ending the war with Japan (VJ Day- Victory in Japan Day).
With the end of World War II, the United States fears about the spread of communism resulted in the United States fighting in Korea and Vietnam to stop local communists from leading the two nations.
Included in the virtual exhibit is artifacts, clothing, medals, and photographs from World War II as well as documents pertaining to the Navy Mothers Club and documents including remembrance of World War II casualties. In addition, this exhibit also contains medals, a uniform, and MIA bracelets from later conflicts including the Korean War and Vietnam.
Non-GAR organizations in the exhibit:
Navy Mothers Club, 1930-present