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Guadalcanal, Tulagi and Gavutu: American Perseverance in the Summer of '42

wiseone Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 12:40 PM
One thing more. The commander of land-based air operations for the Navy out of Henderson Field was an Admiral named John Sidney McCain. He was Senator John McCain's grandfather.
Frog Man Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 1:27 PM
Sen McCain's grandfather and father rose to the rank of admiral in the USN; first father and son to achieve that distinction. While the senator was a POW in NV his father was commander of CINCPAC. The commies tried to use the Admiral position to get his son released from the Hanoi Hilton. Capt. McCain refused the terms of his release not wanting to leave w/o his fellow POWs
Under those circumstances.
Frog Man Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 1:27 PM
Sen McCain's grandfather and father rose to the rank of admiral in the USN; first father and son to achieve that distinction. While the senator was a POW in NV his father was commander of CINCPAC. The commies tried to use the Admiral position to get his son released from the Hanoi Hilton. Capt. McCain refused the terms of his release not wanting to leave w/o his fellow POWs
Under those circumstances.

The Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese surprise air strike on Pearl Harbor and subsequent attacks on American bases in the Philippines dealt U.S. naval and air forces a savage material blow.

For six months, Japan maintained what military analysts call "the strategic initiative." Japan acted, the U.S. and its allies reacted. Japanese forces, with their fast aircraft carriers providing the offensive muscle, seized territory and threatened allied lines of communication in the central, western and southern Pacific. Japanese commanders determined when and where major combat action would occur.

The heady, fast-paced and sensational days of Japanese offensive superiority lasted until...