USS Iowa BB-61 Sailor's Censored Mail Mar 29, 1944 - Pacific Invasions

USS Iowa BB-61 Sailor's Censored Mail Mar 29, 1944 - Pacific Invasions

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USS Iowa BB-61 Sailor's Censored Mail Mar 29, 1944 - Pacific Invasions

On 18 March 1944, Iowa, flying the flag of Vice Admiral Willis A. Lee (Commander Battleships, Pacific), joined in the bombardment of Mili Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Although struck by two Japanese 4.7 in (120 mm) projectiles, Iowa suffered negligible damage. She then rejoined TF 58 on 30 March, and supported air strikes against the Palau Islands and Woleai of the Carolines for several days.

From 22–28 April, Iowa supported air raids on Hollandia (now known as Jayapura), Aitape, and Wake Islands to support Army forces on Aitape and at Tanahmerah and Humboldt Bays in New Guinea. She then joined the Task Force's second strike on Truk, on 29 and 30 April, and bombarded Japanese facilities on Ponape in the Carolines on 1 May.

 

“Forged by the Sea.”