AUGUST IN USARPAC HISTORY




1 - 1944 - Organized Japanese resistance ends on Tinian, Marianas Islands.

6 - 1943 - Battle of Vella Gulf is joined shortly before midnight and continues through the opening minutes of 7 August.

6 - 1945 - Hiroshima - 20 kiloton atomic bomb, "Little Boy," killed 80,000 

7 - 1942 - Marines land on Florida, Tulagi, Gavutu, Tanambogo, and Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, in the first American land offensive of the war.

7 - 1950 - MacArthur begins counterattack from Pusan and stops North Korean attack

8 - 1942 - Marines win control of Tulagi, Gavutu, and Tanambogo, Solomon Islands. An unfinished enemy air strip on Guadalcanal is captured and renamed Henderson Field.

9 - 1945 - Nagasaki - 22 kiloton atomic bomb, "Fat Man," kills 70,000 

10 - 1944 - Organized Japanese resistance ends on Guam, Marianas Island.

12 - 1898 - Hawaii annexed by the U.S. as a territory

12 - 1959 - President Eisenhower signs bill officially making Hawaii the 50th State

13 - 1943 - Japanese aircraft attack shipping at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.

15 - 1943 - Third Amphibious Force lands Naval, Marine, and Army personnel at Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands. This landing by-passes enemy position on Kolombangara, Solomon Islands.

14 - 1945 - Japan accepts the provisions of the Potsdam Declaration and agrees to surrender. General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, USA, is named Supreme Allied Commander to receive the Japanese capitulation and conduct the occupation of Japan.

15 - 1945 - Emperor Hirohito's surrender broadcast - VJ Day 

16 - 1898 - Camp McKinley established at present-day location of Kapiolani Park

20 - 1941 - Col. William Farthing report emphasizes B-17 defense of Pearl Harbor, but most B-17s earmarked for England

25 - 1942 - Japanese occupy Nauru, Gilbert Islands, and Goodenough Island, off southeast coast of New Guinea.

25 - 2004 - LTG John M. Brown, III, assumes command of U.S. Army, Pacific.

27 - 1940 - U.S. evaluates it air strength. Few air squadrons in Hawaii and the Philippines, with additional 49 bombers elsewhere, fit for combat. Of the 800 planes in the US arsenal, 700 are obsolete.

28 - 1943 - Marines occupy Nanumea, Ellice Islands.

28 - 1945 - Col. Charles Tench and 150 land at Atsugi in a C-47, the first Americans in Japan. 

28 - 1950 - JCS approve MacArthur's Inchon plan - no order from Truman; only JCS recommendation "let action determine the matter"

30 - 1945 - MacArthur flies to Tokyo in a C-54. He orders U.S. troops to not eat local food, only own rations and canceled martial law. 

30 - 1990 - WESTCOM gains Army forces in Japan (USARJ/IX Corps), and redesignated as U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC). USARJ/IX Corps loses Major Command status.


USARPAC MISSION

USARPAC postures and prepares the force for unified land operations, responds to threats, sustains and protects the force, and builds military relationships that develop partner defense capacity in order to contribute to a stable and secure U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.

COMMANDING GENERAL


General Vincent K. Brooks Commanding General

General
Vincent K. Brooks

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