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Battle of Midway: U.S. Navy defeated the Japanese
Major Turning point for the U.S.
Americans broke the Japanese radio code and caught them by surprise
U.S. started using the Island hopping strategy

Guadalcanal: 1st major Japanese target in the U.S.
Fought the Japanese for 6 months
Eventually the Japanese gave up the islands
U.S. used these islands to bomb other islands

Navajo Code Talkers: U.S. military used Navajo Indians to send coded radio message
Japanese never were able to break the coded messages

Iwo Jima and Okinawa: U.S. were able to take these 2 islands at high costs
Provided air bases to bomb Japan

Atomic Bomb: Manhattan Project was the U.S.'s secret program to build an atomic bomb
J. Robert Oppenheimer was the lead scientists took three years to build

A-Bomb Decision: Invasion of Japan would be too costly
president Truman- warned to surrender
1st dropped on Hiroshima
2nd was dropped on Nagasaki 3 days later

VJ Day: Aug. 14, 1945, Japan accepted the U.S.'s terms for surrender
Douglas MacArthur accepted surrender

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