1 - 1943 - Army troops land on Baker Island supported by naval task force.

1 - 1950 - NSC papers support Inchon plan, but only with UN support, with an offer of peace terms, and with only ROK forces to be used in northern border with China

2 - 1945 - Japanese surrender documents are signed on board the battleship MISSOURI (BB-63) at anchor in Tokyo Bay, Japan. General of the Army Douglas MacArthur signs for the Allied Powers, and Fleet Adm. C. W. Nimitz signs for the United States.

3 - 1943 - Japanese complete evacuation of Kolombangara, Solomon Islands.

4 - 1943 - United States naval force lands Australian troops on Huon Peninsula, near Lae, New Guinea.

4 - 1941 - FDR closes Panama Canal to Japanese shipping; Japanese Cabinet's "Minimum Demands" and "Maximum Concessions"
- demanded Burma road closed, no interference with Japan's occupation of China or Indochina, and re-open trade with Japan
- only concession was promise of eventual withdrawal from China

7 - 1943 - Japanese complete evacuation of Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands.

12 - 1950 - "bomb at the Waldorf" - Acheson meeting with Brit and French to expand NATO troops with 10 German divisions and 4 U.S. Divisions

15 - 1944 - Morotai island - was midway between New Guinea and Mindanao 

15 - 1944 - 1st Marine Division lands at Peleliu, Palau Islands.

15 - 1944 - JCS approved MacArthur's plan for landings at Leyte Oct. 20 
- supported by Navy taskforces of 21 Essex-class carriers and 3000 carrier aircraft 
- Japan weakened by loss of half merchant ships and 2/3 tankers, yet had Home Fleet of 9 battleships and 5 carriers 

15 - 1950 - Inchon landing at high tide

16 - 2002 - The 25th Infantry Division (ID) relinquishes command of the 11th Stabilization Force (SFOR) rotation in Bosnia-Herzegovina to the 28th Infantry Division (Pennsylvania Army National Guard). More than 1,000 division soldiers served as part of the multinational team consisting of more than 4,500 soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and civilians from 14 different countries conducting peacekeeping operations in support of Operation Joint Forge. 

17 - 1944 - Army troops land on Angaur, Palau Islands.

17 - 1999 - USARPAC names Col. Randolph P. Strong, the commander of the 516th Signal Brigade and USARPAC Deputy Chief of Staff for Information Management, to serve as commander, U.S. Support Group East Timor (USGET). From September 1999 to December 2002, USARPAC provided many teams of Soldiers to the mission. Over those two years, USGET provided the people of East Timor with 70 community relation projects, 27 medical and dental team visits, 30 major engineering team visits, and more than 10 ship visits.

18 - 1942 - Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, is reinforced by 7th Marine Regiment.

20 - 1944 - Ulithi atoll was occupied without opposition in the western Carolines, 370 miles southwest of Guam, and became a major naval base for carrier task forces. 

22 - 1940 - Japanese troops crossed into Indochina; Vichy forced to agree

23 - 1944 - Naval task group lands Army troops at Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands.

24 - 1941 - Magic intercepts "bomb plot" message to Kita - translated Oct. 9
ship berths, torpedo nets, harbor layout - indicate aerial attack

24 - 1942 - Japanese land on Maiana, Gilbert Islands.

25 - 1940 - U.S. broke Japanese "purple" cipher that in Feb. 1939 had replaced the previous "red" cipher broken by a stolen key book by Ellis Zacharias in 1920 from the Japanese consulate in Washington D.C., and used to break the JN-1 code (Japanese Navy); the Navy was still using the JN-25 code in 1941, and the Type 97 typewriter purple code that used stepper relays rather than the wheels of the German Enigma machine, and was shared with the diplomatic service. William Friedman in the Navy SIS deciphered this code. 

25 - 1942 - Japanese land on Beru, Gilbert Islands.

26 - In 1940 - FDR imposed embargo on scrap iron to Japan

27 - 1940 - Tripartite Pact with Japan, Germany, Italy

27 - 1942 - Japanese land on Kuria, Gilbert Islands.

28 - 1944 - Marines occupy Ngesebus and Kongauru Islands in the Palau Islands.

30 -1950 - public warning from China's Chou En-lai to stay away from the Yalu border - called by MacArthur "diplomatic blackmail" - but G-2 reported massive buildup of Communist China Forces (CCF) along northern side of Yalu



United States Army Pacific postures and prepares Army forces, sustains and protects those forces in the theater, sets the theater, support the development of an integrated multi-domain Joint force, and builds military relationships that strengthen alliances and develop partner defense capacity in order to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific.


General Robert B. Brown Commanding General

Robert B. Brown

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