Author: Kimberly Willig

U.S. scores first major victory against Japanese at Midway

Six months after Japan’s brutal attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy has defeated the Japanese fleet at Midway Island in the Pacific. The battle started on June 4 and lasted four days, after which the U.S. was able to claim victory. Only limited details of the battle are available at this time, however it has been confirmed that three Japanese aircraft carriers have been sunk; another two carriers were reported damaged. Japan also lost three battleships, three transports, four cruisers and several planes. These naval casualties, taken together with the losses Japan has suffered in other recent battles...

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A Sailor’s Story of Heroism and Survival at Pearl Harbor

Guns firing. Bombs exploding. Screams of terror piercing the air. That is what December 7, 1941 sounded like to the men and women in Honolulu, Hawaii. Now, months later, John Anderson of the U.S. Navy recalls his experience aboard the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Japanese attack against the U.S. Navy started at around 8 a.m. Anderson and his brother were stationed on the USS Arizona. When Anderson went to get something to eat, he heard a loud explosion. He remembers turning to someone and exclaiming, “What in the Dickens is that?” One of the...

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MacArthur Leaves Philippines to Defend Australia

With the Japanese occupying New Guinea, the Dutch East Indies and the Philippines, the U.S. has sent one of its best generals, Douglas MacArthur, to Australia to take command of the Allied forces in that area. “MacArthur breathes the very spirit of victory,” said General Patrick Hurley, former U.S Secretary of War. Under direct orders from President Roosevelt, MacArthur left his troops on the Bataan peninsula in the Philippines and landed, with American forces, in Australia on March 17. Met with huge support from the Australian people, MacArthur’s mission is to not only prevent Australia from falling to the...

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String of Defeats Has Americans Asking: Could We Lose?

The United States entered World War II only three months ago, but with one defeat after another, the outlook of this war seems bleak. The American decision to join the fight was all but inevitable when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Dec. 7, 1941, causing catastrophic damage to the naval base in Pearl Harbor. Although the U.S. had tried to stay out of the war, this was a deliberate and vicious attack on the country: its territory was bombed, over 1,000 sailors killed, ships and planes destroyed. The American people called for action – and for blood. Congress responded...

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Escape into Hitchcock’s world with Foreign Correspondent

In his best film to date, Alfred Hitchcock brings to life the story of an American journalist sent to Europe. Foreign Correspondent intertwines the real-life fear of war with a thrilling tale of conspiracy. This movie, while touching upon the war raging around us, is able to transport you into a fictional world, one that captivates and entertains you. The film starts in 1939, just before the onset of the current world war, at the fictional New York Globe. The editor, Mr. Powers, is frustrated by the lack of information he is receiving on the impending crisis in Europe....

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World War 2.0 tries to imagine what the reporting of World War II might have looked like if the conflict were taking place today. Articles are based on information that would have been available to the press at the time, but they are written using contemporary journalistic style. The authors are all students at Seton Hall University, working with assistant professor of journalism Matthew Pressman.