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In 1944, American forces landed on Guam during World War II.
In 1945, the Okinawa-based U.S. 5th Air Force gave its rationale for the devastating bombing attacks on Japan. "There are no civilians in Japan," a statement says. "We are making war and making it in all-out fashion which saves American lives, shortens the agony which war is, and seeks to bring about an enduring peace. We intend to seek out and destroy the enemy wherever he or she is, in the greatest possible numbers, in the shortest possible time." The United States broadcast an ultimatum to Japanese Prime Minister Kantaro Suzuki: Surrender unconditionally or face total destruction and a dictated peace.
In 1954, France surrendered North Vietnam to the Communists.
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