The US was at the fore-front as the war extended across the East. Though the United States, allied with the Great Britain, was almost ousted in the Pacific by the Japanese troops, the American patriotic spirit ended the chaos of the East.
What led this nation to victory and to stop the conflict among other nations, which finally ended World War II?
It was through the nation’s relentless cooperation among the U.S. Marine Corps, the civilians and even empowering women to help achieve the triumph that took them six years to commit. It erased the division of the US army and the civilians with only one common goal – to end the war.
With the US Marine Corps on continuous recruitment of strong and capable men for combat on land, at sea and in the air, they held the central role of winning the victory against the Imperial Japanese Army. Several wars like the Iwo Jima and Okinawa, witnessed very fierce battles between the US Marines and the Japanese troops which the former gained victory.
U.S. civilians also played a vital role during the World War II. They may have been panic-stricken at first when the war broke in the Pacific but they worked together to help the US Marines. After the fall of Pearl Harbor, the everyday life of the ordinary Americans strikingly changed. Commodities such as food, gas and clothing were rationed. The civilians gathered some scrap metals, aluminum cans and rubbers to help with the armaments necessary to when the war.
American families were urged to “Do Less so They can have Enough” where “They” referred to the army. At the same time, Americans devised their own “victory gardens” to answer the scarcity of food. They tended vegetables among others to sustain the depleting rations of food to the citizens and the army.
Since men were in high demand to fight in the war, the majority of workers were women. They were empowered to indirectly participate during the war. They became nurses, electricians, welders and even riveters in defense plants. The famous poster of a woman in a bandanna with a flexed muscle under a slogan, “We Can Do It” became a patriotic symbol during these times. She was a fictional female worker known as “Rosie, the Riveter” who represented millions of women who joined the work force from 1940 – 1945. During these years, women workers surged up to 40 per cent.
As for the US Marine Corps that served as on the front-line during this period, they became the elite who emerged victorious and finally ending the chaos of World War II. Lessons were learned from World War II – in a war, nations who participated in it did not win. Instead, it only brought trauma, losses in numerous forms, the division of nations and it further encouraged more conflict and misunderstanding. In other words, it brought devastation to millions of lives.