Guadalcanal: Turning Point in the Pacific Symposium
BB's Stage Door Canteen

Though the June 1942 Battle of Midway is often seen as the turning point of the war in the Pacific, the Solomon Islands campaign, including the Battle of Guadalcanal, was equally pivotal. The Museum will host Guadalcanal: Turning Point in the Pacific, a daylong symposium in BB’s Stage Door Canteen, on Saturday, February 9, 2019. 

Join moderator Robert M. Citino, PhD, Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy and Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian at The National WWII Museum, and five preeminent Pacific war scholars for this in-depth examination of the battle as waged by land, sea, and air, as well as the lessons learned.

Speakers include Richard B. Frank (Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Campaign), Trent Hone (Learning War: The Evolution of Fighting Doctrine in the U.S. Navy, 1898–1945), James D. Hornfischer (Neptune’s Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal), Stephen L. Moore, PhD (The Battle for Hell’s Island: How a Small Band of Carrier Dive-Bombers Helped Save Guadalcanal), and Andrew Wiest, PhD (The Pacific War: Pearl Harbor, Singapore, Midway, Guadalcanal, Philippines Sea, Iwo Jima). 

The program will conclude with a roundtable discussion among all featured speakers on the legacy of Guadalcanal and its importance in the ultimate victory in the Pacific theater. For an additional cost, Symposium registrants may attend a post-Symposium reception and dinner with the speakers in The American Sector Restaurant & Bar. 

For more information, call 1-877-813-3329  x 511 or email

Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM