What do I need
to know about the War in the Pacific?
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Question: What do I
need to know about the War in the Pacific (Japan)?
1. Douglas MacArthur was the
2. The United States followed a
strategy of island hopping before reaching mainland Japan. Some of
the islands attacked were Midway, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
3. Truman decided a mainland
invasion of Japan would be too costly, so he put in the order for
the Enola Gay to drop Little Boy (the Atomic Bomb). On August
6, 1945 Hiroshima was bombed resulting in the deaths of about
140,000 people. Nagasaki was bombed three days later leading to an
estimated 70,000 deaths.
4. Japan surrendered on August
15, 1945. V-J (Victory in Japan) Day would be on September 2nd.