ABOVE: Marines make a practice landing on Samoa, 1942.
The islands were an important staging and training base for troops headed to the South Pacific.
Photo from History Link 101
Outpost Zed, Western Samoa.
1645: A corpsman drowns while swimming off Samoa.
HA1c George W.
Cabanatuan Camp #1, Luzon, Philippines.
A Marine captured on Corregidor dies in captivity.
ACk. Joe M.
Apolima Strait, Western Samoa.
1515: A Marine drowns while swimming off Samoa.
1100: A mid-air collision while practice dogfighting sends a Wildcat into the sea.
2Lt. Jack H.
Off St. Thomas, British Virgin Islands
0035: A Kingfisher crashes on a night training flight.
2Lt. David M.