Marines on the beach at Tarawa Atoll's Betio Island duck for cover as their dive-bombers roar in overhead to blast Japanese positions, November 1943.

On Our Scope

December 2023
The U.S. victory at Tarawa came at a shocking cost, indeed—as many Marine casualties in just 76 hellish hours as in six months of the Guadalcanal campaign.
The Hoga battles fires on the battleship Nevada (BB-36) while lashed to the big ship’s bow. She still bears a dent in her hull, allegedly as a result of this event.

The Littlest Hero

By J. M. Caiella
December 2023
Up the Arkansas River is the home of a U.S. Navy icon, one of only two surviving ships from the 7 December 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.
Forced to wade ashore by a tide too low for the landing craft, Marines take to the water to storm the beach at Tarawa’s Betio Island. Half of them will not survive the deadly, exposed crossing to make it to land.

Blood and Coral

By Charles D. Melson
December 2023
It was the toughest amphibious landing yet for U.S. Marines in the Pacific, but the struggle for Tarawa’s Betio Island would yield “hard-bought lessons” that would facilitate the path to ...
October 1983: The U.S. Marine Corps’ Battalion Landing Team headquarters at the Beirut International Airport has been reduced to a rockpile after a gargantuan explosion triggered by a suicide-crashed 19-ton truck laden with high explosives. It is the deadliest day for the Corps since World War II.

Beirut: A Remembrance

By Lieutenant Commander Alan Ables, U.S. Navy (Retired)
December 2023
Early on a Sunday morning in October 1983, a suicide bomber in a truck delivered to the Marine Corps its largest single-day death toll since Iwo Jima. A look back ...
Old Ironsides

Pieces of the Past

December 2023
There is “Old Ironsides,” the venerable frigate USS Constitution, and then there is Old Ironsides—the big-budget, big-screen extravaganza that wowed the crowds during Hollywood’s silent-movie era.
USS John L. Sullivan (YAG-37)

The YAG-37 Project

By Eric Pearson
December 2023
The YAG-37 project was one of many innovative roles that Liberty ships played in assisting the Navy in developing different forms of seaborne propulsion and minesweeping capabilities.
31 Knots Painting by Arthur Beaumont

“An Almost Perfect Surface Action”

By Coltin Chao
December 2023
Eighty years ago, Captain Arleigh Burke led Destroyer Squadron 23 to a resounding victory at the Battle of Cape St. George, signaling the finale of the hard-fought Solomon Islands campaign.
Navy's new Essex type carriers

Risky Rescue

By Taira Payne
December 2023
Admiral Sharp recalls a rescue mission off Nauru Island in December 1944.