• World War II in Color

    U.S.S. Idaho

    Idaho firing at Okinawa, 1945.  The Idaho was built in 1918 and saw service in World War II.  She sailed from San Diego on 20 January, 1945 to join a battleship group at Pearl Harbor. After rehearsals, she steamed from the Marianas on 14 February for the invasion of Iwo Jima. As Marines stormed ashore on 19 February, Idaho was again blasting enemy positions with her big guns, and fired star shells at night to illuminate the battlefield. She remained off Iwo Jima until 7 March, when she sailed for Ulithi and the last of the great Pacific assaults – Okinawa.


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