Today in World War II History—Mar. 23, 1942 POSTED: Thursday, March 23, 2017 by Sarah Sundin Members of the Imperial Japanese Navy disembarking during the occupation of the Andaman Islands. (Japanese government photo) 75 Years Ago—Mar. 23, 1942: Japanese seize Andaman Islands to protect route from Singapore to Rangoon. Off of San Francisco, US blimp TC-13 accidentally bombs and damages sub USS Gato.