1 - 1951 - Korean War - Ridgeway's "Ripper" counterattack pushed CCF 40 miles north of the 38th line
3 - 1945 - Naval task group lands Marines on Iheya Shima, Ryukyu Islands.
5 - 1951 - Korean War - Malik began talks with George Kennan about possible settlement
6 - 1942 - Battle of Midway (4-6 June) opens as aircraft from four Japanese carriers strike Midway Island installations, which are defended by Marine and Army personnel and aircraft.
7 - 2002 - The Armed Forces of the Philippines rescues Gracia Burnham, an American missionary held captive by the terrorist organization, Abu Sayyaf on Mindanao. Her husband, Martin, is killed in crossfire. American military intelligence efforts may have contributed to the rescue.
9 - 1945 - Naval task group lands Marines on Aguni Shima, Ryukyu Islands.
11 - 1944 - TF58 began air attacks on Marianas (five days after D-Day in Europe)
15 - 1944 - Naval task force lands Marines on Saipan, Marianas Islands.
15 - 1945 - 444 B-29s fly an incendiary mission against the Osaka- Amagasaki urban area, ending a month of concentrated fire raids against large Japanese cities.
16 - 1943 - Japanese aircraft attack ships at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands; large number of enemy aircraft are shot down.
18 - 1921 - Headquarters, Hawaiian Department, moves from Alexander Young Hotel, Honolulu, to Fort Shafter. This organization eventually evolves to become the Headquarters, U.S. Army Pacific.
18 - 1945 - President Truman approved the use of the atomic bomb. The JCS predict 200,000 casualties.
19 - 1944 - Battle of the Philippine Sea (19-20 June) opens as Japanese carrier-based aircraft attack Fifth Fleet covering Saipan operation.
21 - 1943 - Marines and Army troops land at Segi Point, New Georgia, Solomon Islands.
21 - 1944 - Naval attack force lands Marines and Army forces on Guam, Marianas Islands.
21 - 1945 - Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, is declared secured 82 days after the landing.
22 - 1940 - Petain closed Indochina route to Chiang and Churchill closes Burma road to avoid war with Japan
22 - 1941 - Germany launches Operation Barbarossa against the Soviet Union - as result, Soviet troops in the Far East are diverted west
24 - 1907 - The 2d Battalion of the 20th Infantry occupied Fort Shafter as first recorded unit stationed at the post.
24 - 1950 - (U.S. time = Saturday, June 24) (Korea time= Sunday, June 25) at 4 am NK invaded SK with 90,000 troops equipped with Soviet weapons and Soviet T-34 tanks, quickly overran SK defenses, captured Uijongbu highway center 20 mi. north of Seoul in 2 days, captured Seoul by June 28 as ROK fled south blowing up Han River bridges, killing refugees, trapping 44,000 own men north of river
25 - 1950 - Sunday, Truman returned to Blair House from Independence, MO, and met with NSC - ordered U.S. Navy and AF into SK to stop invasion (but not Army ground troops)
26 - 1950 - Monday, Truman asked and received support from UN - Russia was absent because boycotting Security Council until seat given to Communist China
26 - In 1953 - Korean War - Armistice signed
27 - 1950 - Tuesday, 2nd UN meeting approved use of ground troops; Truman ordered the 7th Fleet to the Taiwan Strait to protect Formosa. - 11 days later, a 3rd meeting authorized a UN command under Gen. Douglas MacArthur - 15 nations would contribute 40,000 troops, plus 300,000 from the U.S. and 500,000 from ROK
29 - 1950 - Thursday, MacArthur went to the front, saw disintegration of ROK army, committed 13,000 U.S. troops of 24th Division, but were outnumbered 20 to 1, many surrendered or captured.
30 - 1943 - Gen. MacArthur begins Operation Cartwheel, the island-hopping campaign of the Pacific.