Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

In Harm's Way:   The U.S. Navy and World War II:  The Pacific Theater

Bldg. 76


USS Reno, 38 caliber, turret gun
Description: Twin mount 5-inch, 38-caliber gun turret from USS Reno (CL-96).

The Pacific Theater

A radio broadcasting President Franklin D. Roosevelt's address to the nation declaring war on Japan begins the Pacific Theater portion of "In Harm's Way" on the east side of the museum.   This exhibit displays in a chronological manner the technology and tactics used across the Pacific while Americans battled Japanese forces with naval battles and air attacks and land campaigns.  Submarine warfare is covered in detail, while a video presentation takes visitors inside a World War II submarine to explore its living conditions.  Photographic displays depict battles for islands in the Pacific and the war in the Aleutians.  A twin 5-inch 38 caliber gun turret sits on the museum floor for visitors to climb on and look inside.   Video presentations portay elements of the war in the Pacific.  Also displayed is a replica of an atomic bomb casing identical to "Little Boy" dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.    Hanging above the exhibit are examples of aircraft used by both American and Japanese forces. 

Interesting artifacts from the Pacific Section of the World War II exhibit "In Harm's Way" include:

Ship models in the Pacific Theater exhibit area:

Click on the ship model below for a photographic history of the ship.  


NMUSN:	In Harm’s Way:  U.S. Navy and WWII:  Pacific:   Allen M. Sumner Class destroyer
Description: Allen M. Sumner Class destroyer. Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:	In Harm’s Way:  U.S. Navy and WWII:  Pacific:   USS Columbia (CL-46)
Description: USS Columbia (CL-46). Housed in Floating Dry Dock. Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:	In Harm’s Way:  U.S. Navy and WWII:  Pacific:   USS Crosley (APD-87)
Description: USS Crosley (APD-87). Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:	In Harm’s Way:  U.S. Navy and WWII:  Pacific:   USS Houston (CA-30)
Description: USS Houston (CA-30): Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:	In Harm’s Way:  U.S. Navy and WWII:  Pacific:   USS Leyte (CV-32)
Description: USS Leyte (CV-32). Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:	In Harm’s Way:  U.S. Navy and WWII:  Pacific:   USS Missouri (BB-63)
Description: USS Missouri (BB-63). Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:	In Harm’s Way:  U.S. Navy and WWII:  Pacific:   USS Panay (PG-45, later PR-5)
Description: USS Panay (PG-45, later PR-5). Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:  In Harm's Way:   The U.S. Navy and WWII:   USS PT-109
Description: USS PT-109. Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:	In Harm’s Way:  U.S. Navy and WWII:  Pacific:   USS Ranger (CV-4)
Description: USS Ranger (CV-4). Click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:	In Harm’s Way:  U.S. Navy and WWII:  Pacific:   USS S-48 (SS-159)
Description: USS S-48 (SS-159). Click on model for photographic history of the submarine.

NMUSN:	In Harm’s Way:  U.S. Navy and WWII:  Pacific:   USS Salmon (SS-182)
Description: USS Salmon (SS-182). Click on model for photographic history of the submarine.

NMUSN: 	In Harm’s Way:  U.S. Navy and WWII:  Pacific:   USS Washburn (AKA-108)
Description: USS Washburn (AKA-108). Click on model for photographic history of the ship.
Published: Wed Jul 10 07:53:27 EDT 2019