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Veterans Memorial

United Aerospace Workers

 

—McDonnell Douglas Corporation —

 
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By Michael Kindig, February 19, 2017
1. Panel #1
McDonnell Douglas Military Aircraft

A-20, B-18, C-47/R4D, F-101, A-26, B-23, C-74, C-124
Inscription. [Panel #3]
This Veterans Memorial is Dedicated by the Employees of McDonnell Douglas Corporation to Honor the Sacrifices of the Men and Women who Have Served Our Nation in War and Peace.

More than 12,000 McDonnell Douglas Corporation Employees Have Been Killed in the Service of Our Nation Since December 7, 1941.

“You have never lived ’till you’ve nearly died. For those who have had to fight for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know.” Author Unknown

[Panel #5]
World War II Campaigns
Pacific Theater of Operation

Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941
U.S. forces on Bataan surrender, April 9, 1942
Col. James H. Doolittle leads raid on Tokyo, April 18, 1942
Battle of the Coral Sea, May 4-8, 1942
U.S. forces on Corregidor surrender to Japanese, May 6, 1942
Battle of Midway, June 3-6, 1942
U.S. Marines land on Guadalcanal, Aug. 7, 1942
Battle of Bismarck Sea, March 2-4, 1943
U.S. Army invades Attu, Aleutian Islands, May 11, 1943
U.S. forces land on New Georgia, July 2, 1943
Battle for China-Burma-India Theater begins, Oct. 1943
U.S. forces land on New Britain, Dec. 15, 1943
U.S. forces land on Bouganville, Solomon Islands, Nov. 1, 1943
U.S. Marines land on Tarawa and Makin
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By Michael Kindig, February 19, 2017
2. Panel #2
United Aerospace Workers
McDonnell Douglas Corporation
Veterans Memorial
Islands, Nov. 20, 1943
U.S. Marines capture Roi-Namur, Kwajalein Islands, Feb 2-7, 1944
U.S. forces land at Hollandia, new Guinea, April 22, 1944
B-29s make first raid on Japan, June 15, 1944
Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 19, 1944
U.S. Marines capture Titian, July 15-Aug. 2, 1944
U.S. forces capture Saipan, July 9, 1944
U.S. forces complete conquest of Guam, Aug. 10, 1944
U.S. forces land on Morotai and Pelelieu, Sept. 15, 1944
U.S. forces land on Leyte, Oct. 20, 1944
Battle of Leyte Gulf, Oct. 23-26, 1944
U.S. B-29s based on Saipan, bomb Tokyo, Nov. 24, 1944
U.S. forces land on Luzon at Lingayen Gulf, Jan. 9, 1945
U.S. and allied forces reopen Burma Road, Jan. 27, 1945
U.S. troops enter Manila, Feb. 3, 1945
U.S. Marines land on Iwo Jima, Feb. 19, 1945
Largest B-29 raid on Tokyo, March 9, 1945
U.S. forces invade Okinawa, April 1, 1945
Gen. Douglas MacArthur announces liberation of Philippines, July 4, 1945
U.S. drops atom bomb on Hiroshima, Aug. 6, 1945
U.S. drops atom bomb on Nagasaki, Aug. 9, 1945
Japan surrenders unconditionally, Aug. 14, 1945
Japan signs surrender on U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Sept. 2, 1945

U.S. submarines sank more than 1,000 Japanese merchant ships, totaling 4.8 million tons of shipping—more than 56 percent of the total lost
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By Michael Kindig, February 19, 2017
3. Panel #3
by Japan. U.S. submarines also sank 201 warships, totaling 540,000 tons, including 1 battleship and 8 aircraft carriers. In this effort, 52 U.S. submarines were lost, most without a trace. Their crews are unsung heroes of World War II.

European Theater of Operations

U.S. joins in the Battle of the Atlantic, January 1942
U.S. strategic bombing raids begin in Europe, August 1942
U.S. and allied forces land in North Africa, Nov. 8, 1942
Axis resistance ends in North Africa, May 1943
Allied forces invade Sicily, July 9-10, 1943
U.S. air crews bomb Ploiesti oil fields in Rumania, Aug. 1, 1943
U.S. Fifth Army invades Salerno, Italy, Sept. 9, 1943
Italy announces surrender to allies, Sept. 8, 1943
U.S. Fifth Army captures Naples, Oct. 1, 1943
Italy declares war on Germany, Oct. 13, 1943
Eighth Air Force bombs Schweinfurt, Oct. 14, 1943
U.S. and British aircraft bomb Berlin, Nov.-Dec. 1943
U.S. and allied troops land at Anzio, Jan. 22, 1944
Anglo-American forces capture Rome, June 4, 1944
D-Day, Allies invade Normandy, June 6, 1944
U.S. forces breakthrough German defenses west of St. Lo, Julyy 26, 1944
Allied forces invade southern France, Aug. 15, 1944
Paris liberated, Aug. 25, 1944
Battle of the Bulge, Dec. 16-26, 1944
U.S. First Army crosses Rhine River at Remagen, March
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By Michael Kindig, February 19, 2017
4. Panel #4
McDonnell Douglas Military Aircraft

A-4, B-66, F-15E, F-4, KC-10, AV8B, AH-64, F/A/-18
7, 1945
American and Soviet forces meet on the Elbe River, April 25, 1945
Hitler commits suicide, April 30, 1945
German surrenders to allies, May 7, 1945

World War II was fought by more men over more of the globe, with greater loss of life and destruction of property, than any other war. Seventy million soldiers took part: 16 million of them were killed—nearly 1 out of 4. Another 18 million civilians died. The total of wounded and missing, soldiers and civilians, will never be known. Nearly 405,000 Americans—out of a force of 16 million—gave their lives in this struggle.

[Panel #7]
World War II
Pacific Campaign

Iwo Jima
Okinawa
Japanese Signatories Onboard U.S.S. Missouri

[Panel #8] World War II
European Campaign

North Africa
Sicily
Anzio
Normandy
Battle of the Bulge
Rhineland

[Panel #9]
Korean War Campaigns

UN Defense 27 June - 15 September 1950
UN Offensive 16 September - 2 November 1950
CCF Intervention 3 November 1950 - 24 January 1951
First UN Counter-Offensive 25 January - 21 April 1951
CCF Spring Offensive 22 April - 8 July 1951
UN Summer-Fall Offensive 9 July - 27 November 1951
Second Korean Winter Campaign 28 November 1951 - 30 April 1952
Korean Summer-Fall
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By Michael Kindig, February 19, 2017
5. Panel #5
Campaign 1 May - 30 November 1952
Third Korean Winter Campaign 1 December 1952 - 30 April 1953
Korea Summer Campaign 1 May - 27 June 1953

The Korean War cost the United Nations 118,515 men killed and 264,591 wounded; 92,987 were captured. A great majority of these soldiers died of mistreatment of starvation. U.S. casualties were 54,246 killed and 103,284 wounded. of the 10,218 Americans who were captured by the enemy, only 3,746 returned; the remainder, except for the 21 who refused repatriation, were either murdered or died. All ethical standards of western civilization were scorned by the Communists.

[Panel #10]
Korea

Mash Unit
Chosin Reservoir
Pork Chop Hill
F4Us Returning from a Combat Mission

[Panel #11]
Vietnam War Campaigns

Vietnam Advisory Campaign 15 March 1962 - 7 March 1965
Vietnam Defense Campaign 8 March 1965 - 24 December 1965
Vietnam Counteroffensive 25 December 1965 - 30 June 1966
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase II 1 July 1966 - 31 May 1967
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase III 1 June 1967 - 29 January 1968
Tet Counteroffensive 30 January 1968 - 1 April 1968
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase IV 2 April 1968 - 30 June 1968
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase V 1 July 1968 - 1 November 1968
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase VI 2 November
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6. Panel #6
World War II - Pacific Campaign

Pearl Harbor, Midway, Guadalcanal
1968 - 22 February 1969
Tet 69 Counteroffensive 23 February 1969 - 8 June 1969
Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969 9 June 1969 - 31 October 1969
Vietnam Winter-Spring 1 November 1969 - 30 April 1970
DA Sanctuary Counteroffensive 1 May 1970 - 30 June 1970
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase VII 1 July 1970 - 30 June 1971
Consolidation I 1 July 1971 - 30 November 1971
Consolidation II 1 December 1971 - 29 March 1972
Vietnam Cease Fire 30 March 1972 - 28 January 1973

The Vietnam War was the longest war in which the U.S. took part. It began in 1962 and ended in 1975. About 58,000 American servicemen and women died in the conflict. Another 365,000 were wounded. U.S. combat unites were withdrawn by early 1973, and the war ended when South Vietnam surrendered to North Vietnam in Saigon on April 30, 1975. In terms of money, the war cost the U.S. more than $150 billion.

[Panel #12]
Vietnam Conflict

Infantry Operation
Vietnam Memorial Washington, D.C.
Air Assault

[Panel #13]
Lebanon 1981-84

Beirut Embassy
Attack on Marine Corps Barracks
Marines Landing

[Panel #14]
Grenada 1983

Troops Offloaded at Pr. Salines Airfield

[Panel #15]
Panama 1990

Marines Landing

[Panel #16]
Desert Shield 1990
Desert Storm 1991


AH-64 Apache
F-117A Stealth
U.S.S. Missouri
Patriot Missile Launcher
M1A1 Abrams Tank
 
Location. 33° 49.921′ N, 118° 8.526′ W. Marker is in Long Beach, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on East Carson Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4300-4352 East Carson Street, Long Beach CA 90808, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Douglas Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Boys of Del Valle Park (was approx. 1.6 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Early Aviation on the Hill (approx. 2.4 miles away); Japanese Farming on the Hill (approx. 2½ miles away); Ranchos Los Alamitos - Los Cerritos - Los Coyotes (approx. 2½ miles away); Car Climbs on the Hill (approx. 2½ miles away); "Unity Monument" (approx. 2½ miles away); Oil Fires on the Hill (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Long Beach.
 
Categories. War, 1st Iraq & Desert StormWar, KoreanWar, VietnamWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2017, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 186 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 20, 2017, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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