73 years ago today, 07 August 1942, the United States launched it's first offensive ground campaign of the war by landing the First Marine Division at Guadalcanal and Tulagi. Over the next several months the US population closely followed the dramatic struggle. An island, virtually unknown before the struggle was now front page news. Washington worried the cut off Marines would be forced to surrender or be destroyed. The Navy threw every available ship into a series of hard fought surface and carrier battles, epic in the courage shown by the sailors. The tiny Cactus airforce, where every American schoolboy knew the names of the fighter pilots that went up day after day to fight the cream of Japanese aviation. Such an incredible battle.