Anniversary of a Hope

The Marines landed. Out of the shallow invasion boats and through the surf thousands of them scrambled to establish beachheads on key points in the Solomon Islands. For the first time the U.S. had seized the offensive on the battlefield (see p. 20).

North all the watery miles to Alaska the Navy made a sudden smashing raid on the Jap-held Aleutian island of Kiska.

Only a few days before the Army's Lieut. General John Lesesne DeWitt, Chief of the Western Defense Command, had conferred at Sitka with the Navy's Commander A. J. Isbell—and the...