Subscribe to USNI Monthly Newsletter and Announcements


The Pacific - Episode 2

Naval History's Guide to “The Pacific”

Episode 2 - Part 2

Basilone and the 7th Marines arrive on Guadalcanal to reinforce Leckie and the rest of the 1st Marine Division as they continue to defend the crucial airstrip. Basilone plays a key role in repelling a nighttime Japanese attack but suffers a frightful personal loss. After four months of continuous action, the exhausted and disease-ridden men of the 1st Marine Division are evacuated off the island.

 
The Pacific Image

The Seldom-Seen Enemy

Edward J. Drea explains the problems that afflicted the Japanese military in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Japanese military leadership was unprepared and ill-informed in regard to waging war in the Pacific, as their focus for years had been on Russia and China. Their strategy and tactics left them overextended and underpowered, leaving them vulnerable to the attacks of the United States.

 
The Pacific Image

Prelude to Kamikaze

At the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, the destroyer USS Smith kept fighting after receiving a blow her mid-1930s designers never imagined.

 
The Pacific Image

Innovation and Determination Ashore

Leading the U.S. offensive of World War II, the U.S. Marines came face to face with the brutal realities of Pacific theater ground fighting.

 
The Pacific Image

Crucible at Sea

The naval battles off Guadalcanal ruthlessly delivered a searing audit of U.S. Navy leadership and prewar doctrine.

 
The Pacific Image

Combat Artists of Guadalcanal

Navy and Marine Corps artists captured the drama that unfolded before them on the sea and in the jungle during the Guadalcanal campaign.

 

Lieutenant Richard Zimmerman, USN (Ret.)

Lieutenant Richard Zimmerman, USN (Ret.) laughs and cries as he describes a shipmate being struck by the wing of a Kamikaze plane he'd shot down from the deck of his ship. The man was taken away by the doctors and Zimmerman states, "I was sure he was dead."

 
The Pacific Image

Guadalcanal Oral History Collection

The Guadalcanal Collection is from the U.S. Naval Institute's Oral History program. The program captures and preserves the reminiscences of key Navy and Coast Guard personnel and contains over 230 bound volumes.

 

The Pacific Preview

Watch a preview of HBO's new miniseries, The Pacific.

 

 
 

Conferences and Events

2015 WEST Conference

Tue, 2015-02-10 - Thu, 2015-02-12

Co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, West 2015 is the largest event on the West Coast for...

2015 U.S. Naval Institute Member Event

Ultimate Skybox at The Diamond View Tower

Why Become a Member of the U.S. Naval Institute?

As an independent forum for over 135 years, the Naval Institute has been nurturing creative thinkers who responsibly raise their voices on matters relating to national defense.

Become a Member Renew Membership