When Adam was a young boy his father died at Pearl Harbor. Now he feels like he needs revenge on his father, and decides to join the U.S. Marines in the fight against the Japanese. At age seventeen, his grandfather helped him sign up for the Marines.
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the GI Bill to provide financial aid to veterans returning from World War II.
When Adam sets out to the islands, he finds the Japanese there and they are waiting for him.
In the North Atlantic, the German battleship Bismarck sinks the HMS Hood on May 24th killing all but three crewman on what was the pride of the Royal Navy. Fairey Swordfish aircraft from the carrier HMS Ark Royal fatally cripple the German battleship Bismarck in torpedo attack. The attack that follows, by Navy Warships, sinks the Bismarck.
After the war is almost over and the Japanese have almost given up, Adam and two other men are in a foxhole. A mortar shell is shot up into the air and it comes down on them. Rosie jumped on top of Adam and gets blown to pieces, but Adam is saved and gets put into the Marines Hospital. At the end of the story, Adam ends up being alright, the Japanese surrender, and the war is over.
When Adam becomes a World War II soldier, he learns it is a terrible and unhappy place to be.
The war in Europe continues to escalate with countries joining on one side or the other, and large number of civilian casualties on both sides due to the use of bombing.
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend Lease Act providing military aid to the Allies.
Japanese Navy launches a surprise attack consisting of two full regiments on the United States fleet at Pearl Harbor, thus drawing the United States into World War II.
After the war, Adam returns to the office and looks to see who had such a terrible fate. His best friend Ben got shot and dies.