U.S. At War: Year Without Precedent

The year ending March 1, 1945 was "without precedent in naval history." So wrote Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King in a cold and prideful report made public last week. In those twelve months the Navy:

¶ Fought 72 great and little battles, among them the Battle of the Philippine Sea and the Battle for Leyte Gulf.

¶ Aided the invasion of Europe.

¶ Pushed the Pacific frontier 3,000 miles closer to Tokyo. (In a historic 19 days—Jan. 31 to Feb. 19—the throbbing Navy, spread-eagling the Pacific, supported landings at Nasugbu on Luzon, bombarded Manila Bay, supported landings at Mariveles and Corregidor,...

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