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  • Virginia, U.S.
    Wednesday Apr 1, 1942

    Desmond Doss: Hacksaw Ridge

    World War II service

    Virginia, U.S.
    Wednesday Apr 1, 1942

    Before the outbreak of World War II, Doss was employed as a joiner at a shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. He chose military service, despite being offered a deferment because of his shipyard work, on April 1, 1942, at Camp Lee, Virginia. He was sent to Fort Jackson in South Carolina for training with the reactivated 77th Infantry Division. Meanwhile, his brother Harold served aboard the USS Lindsey.




  • Yenangyaung, Burma
    Saturday Apr 11, 1942

    World War II

    Battle of Yenangyaung

    Yenangyaung, Burma
    Saturday Apr 11, 1942

    The Battle of Yenangyaung was fought in Burma, which took place between 11 and 19 April 1942. The battle of Yenaungyaung was fought in the vicinity of Yenangyaung and its oil fields.




  • Yenangyaung, Burma
    Wednesday Apr 15, 1942

    Second Sino-Japanese War

    The Battle of Yenangyaung

    Yenangyaung, Burma
    Wednesday Apr 15, 1942

    In Burma, on April 16, 1942, 7,000 British soldiers were encircled by the Japanese 33rd Division during the Battle of Yenangyaung and rescued by the Chinese 38th Division.




  • U.S.
    Saturday Apr 18, 1942

    Ronald Reagan

    National Duty

    U.S.
    Saturday Apr 18, 1942

    On April 18, 1942, Reagan was ordered to active duty for the first time. Due to his poor eyesight, he was classified for limited service only, which excluded him from serving overseas.




  • Greater Tokyo Area, Japan
    Saturday Apr 18, 1942

    World War II

    Doolittle Raid

    Greater Tokyo Area, Japan
    Saturday Apr 18, 1942

    The Doolittle Raid, also known as the Tokyo Raid, was an air raid on 18 April 1942 by the United States on the Japanese capital Tokyo and other places on Honshu. It was the first air operation to strike the Japanese archipelago. It demonstrated that the Japanese mainland was vulnerable to American air attack, served as retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor. The raid caused negligible material damage to Japan, but it had major psychological effects. In the United States, it raised morale. In Japan, it raised doubt about the ability of military leaders to defend the home islands, but the bombing and strafing of civilians also steeled Japanese resolve to gain retribution, and this was exploited for propaganda purposes.




  • Tulagi Island, Solomon Islands
    Friday Apr 24, 1942

    John F. Kennedy

    PT-109

    Tulagi Island, Solomon Islands
    Friday Apr 24, 1942

    On April 24, he took command of PT-109, which was based at the time on Tulagi Island in the Solomons.




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