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In 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. President Roosevelt called Dec. 7, 1941 "a date which will live in infamy." The British also declare war on Japan as Imperial forces bomb Singapore. In the Philippines, American aircraft are caught on the ground by Japanese bombers. American garrisons in Shanghai and Tientsin are captured.
In 1949, the Chinese Nationalist government moved from the Chinese mainland to Formosa as the Communists pressed their attacks.
In 1970, the Hawaii 25th Division left Vietnam.
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