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*WWII PIN ~ honoring Pearl Harbor hero Dorie Miller, a black messman who was untrained in machine gun use due to rigid Naval segregation policies. Miller took over a machine gun aboard the USS West Virginia and was officially credited with downing two Japanese planes. He was honored as one of the first heroes of World War II, and six months after the attack was given the Navy Cross by Admiral Chester Nimitz.

Visiting Pearl Harbor was one of the most emotional days of my life. I wish every American could visit there.

When AP photographer Joe Rosenthal watched marines hoisting the flag on Iwo Jima in 1945, he wasn't sure he got the shot. It turned out to be the most famous photograph from WWII Read more:

Remembering Pearl Harbor

USS Drum, Mobile, AL, was launched on May 12, 1941, this was the first of the Gato class submarines completed before WWII. It represents what was the standard design for American fleet submarines at the gbeginning of that war. The USS Drum sank 15 Japanese ships and earned 12 battle stars.

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WWII poster

Newspaper headlines on August 7, 1945, revealed to the Bay Area public for the first time that the laboratory had played a crucial role in the war effort.