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Today in World War II History—May 5, 1942

Navajo code-talkers on Bougainville, December 1943 (US Marine Corps photo)

Navajo code-talkers on Bougainville, December 1943 (US Marine Corps photo)

75 Years Ago—May 5, 1942: Japanese land on Corregidor.

British land at Diego Suarez in Vichy-French Madagascar, fearing Japanese takeover and control of the Indian Ocean.

First 29 Navajo recruits begin boot camp with the US Marine Corps; will pioneer code-talking.

Sugar rationing begins in the US (See Make It Do: Sugar Rationing in World War II).

Fulmar fighters aboard carrier HMS Formidable off Madagascar, early May 1942 (Imperial War Museum)

Fulmar fighters aboard carrier HMS Formidable off Madagascar, early May 1942 (Imperial War Museum)