The Naval History and Heritage Command will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Navy's experiences in World War II starting in 2016, with the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, through 2020, with the anniversary of the Japanese surrender ceremony aboard USS Missouri (BB-63), September 2, 1945.

The focal point of the Naval History and Heritage Command’s efforts will be this website page. Throughout the multi-year commemoration, material will be added on a regular basis with the ultimate goals of:

  • Honoring the history and heritage of the U.S. Navy during World War II.
  • Recognizing the contributions of Navy veterans, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
  • Educating the American public on the importance of the U.S. Navy in defending the United States through the context of Navy actions during the war.

Within this section you will be able to view photographs, art, artifacts, archival material and publications covering all aspects of the Navy’s experiences during the war. Generally set up chronologically, material will be added in advance of upcoming anniversaries, starting with events in late 1941 and early 1942. As the commemoration continues, more material will be added to highlight the important events associated with operations in the Atlantic Theater, the Pacific Theater, and on the home front.