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Guadalcanal - World War II

On August 7, 1942 the United States launched the first offensive of World War II in the Solomon Islands, landing men of the newly formed 1st Marine Division at Guadalcanal and nearby islands.  Six months of heavy fighting followed.  How many of the following questions about that historic campaign can you answer correctly. 

During WWII only three Medal of Honor recipients were featured on the cover of Life magazine.  One was Audie Murphy; the other two were what heroes of Guadalcanal?  Your Answer


  1. Pappy Boyington and Joe Foss
  2. John Basilone and Joe Foss
  3. Alexander Vandegrift and John Basilone
  4. Douglas Munro and Alexander Vandegrift
  5. John Lucian Smith and Joe Foss

Canadian born Medal of Honor hero Douglas Munro made history at Guadalcanal for what act or actions? Your Answer


1.  He was the first Marine Corps Ace.
2.  The airfield on Guadalcanal was named for him.
3.  He became the only Coast Guardsman in history to earn the MOH.
4.  He was the first American to earn the Medal of Honor at Guadalcanal..
5.  He was the only foreign-born MOH recipient of World War II.

At Guadalcanal Joe Foss became the Marine Corps Ace of Aces.  By what nickname were the aviators of VMF-121 known?

1.  The Black Sheep Squadron
2.  Foss' Cactus Air Force
3.  Foss' Flying Circus
4.  Devil Dogs
5.  The Hat in the Ring Squadron

Your Answer


True or False?

Your Answer

The airfield at Guadalcanal was named Henderson Field in honor of Major Lofton Henderson.  Major Henderson was the first Marine aviator killed in the battle for Guadalcanal.

As a diversion from the Guadalcanal campaign, on August 17 the 2nd Raider Battalion under Evans Carlson (Carlson's Raiders) attacked the Makin Islands.  There Sergeant Clyde Thomason became the first enlisted Marine of World War II to earn the Medal of Honor.  What well known Marine was also involved in that action?

1.  Colonel Lewis Chesty Puller
2.  President Roosevelt's son James Roosevelt
3.  Nicaraguan MOH hero Herman Hanneken
4.  Lieutenant Colonel Merritt Red Mike Edson
5.  Indian Joe Bauer

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For More on the Guadalcanal Campaign we encourage you to visit Colonel Mitch Paige's personal website.


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