War in the Pacific. Pacific Theater. In addition to Pearl Harbor, Japan attacks Malaya, Hong Kong, Guam, Wake Island, Midway Island, and the Philippines (where the Americans are stationed under Gen. MacArthur). Philippines - Bataan Death March.
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War in the Pacific
Truman learns of A-Bomb at Potsdam Conference
issues warning to Japan (really a warning to USSR?)
ignored (by both)
August 6 – dropped on Hiroshima
73,000 out of 365,000 die
August 9 – dropped on Nagasaki
37,000 out of 200,000 die
Japan surrenders (V-J Day)
Captain Paul Tibbets piloted the plane (named after his mother) that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima