Pacific Invasions & Pacific Theater Patches


US Invasions Date Who were Involved Additional Information
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Wake Island . . . ------------- Attacked by Japan simultaneously with Pearl Harbor Not recaptured by American forces during the war
Guadalcanal 1942 August 7 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions, 25th Inf. Division 7.000 US KIA - First mayor offensive against Japan
Bougainville 1943 November 01 3rd Marine Division Battle continued into March 1944 - 1.250 US KIA
Tarawa 1943 November 20 2nd Marine Division, elements of 27th Inf. Division 1.000 US KIA - 4.700 Japanese KIA
Makin 1943 November 20 Rest of the 27th Infantry Division 66 US KIA - 700 Japanese KIA
Cape Glouchester 1943 December 26 1st Marine Division, 40th Infantry Division 1.400 US WIA/KIA/MIA - C.G. is known as Tuluvu by Japanese
Eniwetok 1944 February 17 22nd Marine Regiment, 106th Infantry Regiment (27th Div.) 300 WIA/KIA/MIA - 2.650 Japanese KIA
Saipan 1944 June 15 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions, 27th Inf. Division 14.000 US WIA/KIA/MIA - 52.000 Japanese KIA incl Civilians
Tinian 1944 June 24 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions 2.200 US WIA/KIA/MIA - 8.000 Japanese KIA
Guam 1944 July 21 3rd Marine Div, 77th Inf Div, 1st Prov USMC Brigade 7.000 US WIA/KIA/MIA - In 1972 a Japanese Sergeant was found
Peleliu 1944 September 15 1st Marine Division, 81st Infantry Division 10.500 US WIA/KIA/MIA - 10.500 Japanese KIA
Iwo Jima . . . 1945 February 19 70.000+ USMC vs 23.000 Japanese Troops 21.000 US WIA/KIA/MIA - 1/4th of all USMC MOH's: Iwo Jima
Okinawa . . . 1945 March 26 1st, 2nd, 6th Marine Divisions, 7, 77th, 96th Inf Divisions 72.000 US WIA/KIA/MIA - 66.000 Japanese - 140.000 Civilians

The list above is not complete, it just gives a global impression of the tragic loss of lives.


1st Marine Division (The Old Breed)


USMC Division Patches


Infantry Divisons participating in the above listed Pacific Invasions