USS Augusta, USS Midway, USS Enterprise, USS Missouri, USS New York, USS Helena, and a blimp over them on the Hudson River in New York City for Navy Day celebrations after the end of World War Two. October 1945.“ (U.S. Navy Photo) A show of force!

SBD Dauntless dive bombers of the Cactus Air Force (originally from the USS Enterprise) en route to their targets.

The Solomon Islands campaign was the first U.S. offensive in the Pacific, and the island of Guadalcanal was where the heads of the Americans and Japanese clashed.  The island itself was of no real strategic importance, particularly after the uncompleted airfield was taken.  However, the island became something similar to a WW2 version of the battle of Verdun, where both sides continued to pour men into the meat grinder, unwilling to give up not the strategic position, but the offensive in general.  

The U.S. Marine Corps champions their efforts made on the island, the 1st Marine Division even had the name Guadalcanal written on its insignia.  Even in popular history today, the Marines are portrayed as the sole liberators and defenders of the island.  Although their efforts were truly herculean, this perspective underscores the totality of the campaign.  For example, for every Marine killed in action on the island, 3 Sailors were killed in the naval battles of the campaign.  The U.S. Navy has been portrayed in modern popular history as abandoning the initial cadre of Marines on the island, but little focus is given to the 19th century style naval battles that occurred to retake the waters surrounding the island.     

Another important aspect of the campaign frequently glossed over in modern popular history is the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army aircraft based at Henderson Field, once taken over by the already attributed to massive effort by the 1st Marine Division.  At this point in the war, the U.S. Navy was still recovering from the blows received at Pearl Harbor, and the loss of additional, already far too few aircraft carriers at Coral Sea and Midway (the Navy would also lose the USS Wasp while supporting Guadalcanal operations).  Therefore carrier based aircraft would frequently relocate toe Henderson Field, as well as several types of U.S. Army aircraft. 

To read more on other aspects of the Guadalcanal and Solomon islands campaign, check out Neptune’s Inferno by James D. Hornfischer and The Cactus Air Force by Thomas G. Miller.  

African American Woman Who Was Navy Veteran Killed By Police Last September: Media Are Silent

India Kager was shot dead by police while she was sitting on the front seat next to her boyfriend Angelo Perry. Police officers were after Perry. 30 rounds were shot into the car. India Kager who was U.S. Navy veteran and a mother of two died on the scene. One of her babies was in the car and fortunately wasn’t hurt. India Kager was killed by police 100 days ago - media keep silence on the investigation of her death.

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