"We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction." General Douglas MacArthur

  • Carl Vinson

    He served 51 years on the U.S. House of Representatives, and he was best known for being the "Father of the Two-Ocean Navy". All the way up to his retirment from Congress in 1964, Vinson was involved in military matters. He was awarded the presidential medal of freedom and had a nuclear powered aircraft carrier named after him .
  • Richard Russel

    He was a UGA graduate who was the governer of Georgia, and a member of the Senate for 38 years. In addition he was the youngest person to be elected the the Georgia General Assembly. He prepared the U.S. to fight in WWII by bringing 15 military bases and other research facilities to Georgia.
  • Holocaust

    The Holocaust was a mass murder of over 6 million Jews, as well as disbled people, homosexuals, gypsies, and many others that did not fit Hitler's image of what kind of people the world should contain. Many Holocaust survivers moved to GA after the Holocaust causing many Georgians to examine their racial habits, leading to the opening of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust.
  • WWII Breaks out in Europe

    The beginning of WWII was marked the day Germany invaded Poland. The Invasion of Poland, otherwise known as September Campaign, was a joint effort, but Germany carried the most weight in the blame. Only a few short days later France and England declared war on Germany. The September Campaign did not terminate untill October 6, 1939.
  • Lend-Lease Program Created

    The Lend-Lease program, that used to be known as "An Act to Promote the Defense of the United States", was a program in which the United States supplied France, the United Kingdom, and other Allied nations with food, oil, and other materiels from March 11,1941 to August 1945.
  • Pearl Harbor

    December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy", was an attack from the Japanese that caused all of the ships in Pearl Harbor to sustain serious damage. As a result of the attack, 2,403 people were killed and 1,178 were wounded. The US navy was actually aware that there were ships incoming because they saw them oin the radar, but there was supposed to be a drill that day so they ignored the Japanese ships.
  • Savannah Shipyard

    Civilians, mostly women since men were at war fighting, gathered and built "liberty ships" used to carry supplies and troops to both European and Pacific fronts. 187 ships used in the war came from either Savannah or Brunswick.
  • Brunswick Shipyard

    The Brunswick shipyard was similar to the the Savannah shipyard in that citizens built ships to send troops and supplies out to war. 187 ships used in the war came from either Savannah or Brunswick. These shipyards provided thousands of jobs to build "liberty ships", essential to the war.
  • United Nations is Formed

    Representatives from 26 nations fighting against the Axis powers met in Washington to sign the Declaration of the United Nations. It endorsed the Atlantic Charter, which outlined the goals of the Allies for a post-war world. These 26 countries banned together pledging to use their full resources against the Axis powers.
  • Bell Aircraft

    Bell Aircraft was a company located in Marietta, GA that was important to the creation of the B-29 bomber. The B-29 bomber was very advanced for the time period. This type of aircraft helped the US in the war significantly.
  • D-Day

    The Battle of Normandy, codenamed Operation Overlord, eventually led to the Allies in Western Europe being released from Germany’s control. The battle began on June 6, 1944, famously known as D-Day, when about 156,000 Allied troops landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion required extensive planning, and was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history.
  • Yalta Conference

    The Yalta Conference was the second meeting between Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, and Franklin D. Roosevelt during the war. At this meeting the three leaders agreed to issue the unconditional surrender of Germany, and formed plans for a post-war world. This was all confidential until things heated up between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. in the Cold War.
  • Hitler's Death

    Hitler was aware that the Russians were on his tail, so instead of retreating to Berchtesgarden where he owned a home like his soldiers urged him to do, he committed double suicide with his wife, whom he married only two days before this all unfolded. It is believed that they swalled capsules, and then Hitler shot himself for good measure.
  • Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima

    At 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, the Enola Gay, an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first atomic bomb, named "Little Boy", on Hiroshima. About 80,000 people died directly from the blast; another 35,000 were injured. At least another 60,000 died by the end of the year from the fallout. U.S. President Harry S. Truman, made the decision that dropping the bomb would be less of a loss of life than if the U.S. invaded Japan on land.
  • Bomb Dropped on Nagasaki

    The U.S. dropped another atomic bomb, this time on the city of Nagasaki, a shipbuilding center, after Hiroshima when Japan still refused to surrender. The number of causualties from the atomic bomb, named "Fat Man", ranges anywhere from 60,000-80,000 people. Originally it would have been dropped on August 11th, however bad weather pushed the date up and the plane, "Bock's Car" dropped the bomb on August 9, 1945 at 11:02 am.
  • VJ-Day

    VJ-Day is the day Japan surrendered unconditionally to the Allies; it marked an effective end to World War II. Both August 14 and August 15 are recognised as “Victory over Japan Day" (VJ-Day). The term VJ-Day is also used for September 2, 1945, when Japan formally surrendered aboard the U.S.S. Missouri. VJ-Day finally closed the book of six years of hostilities between nations around the globe.