- from World War II
Americans celebrated victory in Europe with ticker-tape parades and dancing in the streets. But the war in the Pacific continued. The Allies went from island to island, closing in on Japan.
Marines fought in thick, hot jungles. They faced heavy rains and muddy swamps. Slimy vines stuck to their skin. They also fought off biting insects, leeches, and diseases such as malaria. As the Pacific war dragged on, the U.S. had to make an important decision. Would it use its terrible secret weapon?