A forgotten battle: 70th anniversary of Eniwetok

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Photo by George Strock | Courtesy of Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Photo by George Strock | Courtesy of Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

On Feb. 17, 1944, the U.S. assault on a now-forgotten atoll in the Pacific begins. The battle for Eniwetok, a small northwest point of the Marshall Islands, forms part of the island-hopping strategy to overtake Japan. It’s north of Guadalcanal, won a year earlier, and due east of Guam, which would be retaken five months later.

Tiny Engebi island is key because it holds a Japanese airstrip that allows the enemy to refuel. After U.S. gunships pound the terrain, 15 Marines with the 22nd regiment and one photographer with Life magazine are the first ashore. George Strock is “actually … on the beach taking pictures of the initial assault and greeting the landing troops” as they arrive, reports Marine First Lt. John M. Popham of Brooklyn, a public relations officer. Continue reading

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Lost in space race

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MOVE OVER, C-3P0: Japan has launched the world's first talking robot into space. Little Kirobo, a whole 13 inches tall, will help humans on the International Space Station study how machines can give them comfort.

MOVE OVER, C-3P0: Japan has launched the world’s first talking robot into space. Little Kirobo, a whole 13 inches tall, will help humans on the International Space Station study how machines can give them comfort.

China is on its way up, way up.

There “are unmistakable warning signs,” writes John Hickman in Foreign Policy, “that China may surpass the United States and Russia to become the world’s preeminent spacefaring power.”

The U.S. shuttle program ended in 2011. But China is planning to launch a “space lab” in 2015 and  have its own space station by 2020, the same year that the International Space Station is set to be scrapped.

An excerpt from the print edition of This Just In  for Aug. 6, 2013. This Just In appears in the A-section of the Tribune-Review on Tuesday and Friday. 

 
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