WWII: Ulithi?

By Warbird Information Xchange

This might have dwarfed D-Day, which we memorialized on June 6.

During World War II, the U.S. was well underway in planning and staging planning a massive invasion of Japan and was nearly ready to commence it when the war abruptly ended after A-bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Staging at Ulithi for the largest naval invasion in history , 1945. Fortunately unneeded.

What few people now know is that the largest naval base in the world had been created to do this at the remote atoll of Ulithi.

An Armada of ships and airplanes poised for the invasion of Japan that never happened because President Truman authorized the dropping of “A” bombs at Nagasaki and Hiroshima that resulted in the Japanese surrender.
Just think of the American lives that would have been lost had this invasion occurred. Be thankful that we had a President with the courage to make the call. Sadly most Americans today know nothing about this and the sacrifices made by those before us. We are not teaching US history in our schools anymore.

Some great pictures of the Ulithi armada! US Naval armada deployed for invasion of Japan.

Keep this for posterity. There will never be another assemblage of naval ships like this again.

Staging area for the invasion of Japan. Check out the carriers on “Murderer’s Row” (below).

If any of you folks had fathers, grandfathers or uncles in the Navy during World War II, they may well have been involved in this operation, given the tremendous number of the ships and personnel involved.


U.S. aircraft carriers stage at Ulithi for the battle for Japan, 1945.


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