The Battle of Attu in May of 1943 was the only land battle of World War II fought on incorporated U.S. territory. It was the second deadliest battle in the Pacific Theater, after Iwo Jima, due largely to a failed last-ditch banzai charge.
A bitter feud between Generals John Gibbon and Joshua Owen, opposites in every regard, roiled the Army of the Potomac during the war. One would pay a dear price.
America’s history has been frequently marked by contentious relations between the government and the press.
Thomas Van Winkle, president of the board of directors for the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, has been working for battlefield preservation since 1996.