John Domagalski
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"Last Days of PT-34." ​World War II History, Winter 2024.

"John F. Kennedy and PT-109." World War II History, June 2023.

"First Strike." Naval History, February 2022

"The Valiant Fight of USS California." World War II History, April 2021​

"Disaster at Cavite." Naval History, December 2018

"The Last Days of the USS DeHaven." World War II History, October 2017

"Pre-War Voyage Down Under." Naval History, February 2017

"Chicago's Military History Mecca." Naval History, December 2016

"JFK's First Brush with Death." World War II History, February 2016

"Struggle to Save the Raleigh." Naval History, December 2015

"Naval Assault on Munda." World War II Quarterly, Summer 2015

"Midnight in Iron Bottom Sound." World War II History, June 2015

"Shootout in Kula Gulf." World War II History, June 2014

“Shootout in the Slot.” World War II Quarterly, Fall 2012

"Stalking Shokaku." World War II History, September 2012

“Composure Amid a Naval Disaster.” Naval History, August 2012

“Underwater Ordeal at Christmas Island.” World War II Quarterly, Winter 2011

“The Heroic Flight of Torpedo Squadron Eight.” World War II History, January 2010

“Disaster off Savo Island.” World War II History, September 2009

“Fiery End for Chicago.” World War II History, November 2006

“Lieutenant Commander Edward ‘Butch’ O’Hare became a National Hero for His Exploits in Aerial Combat against the Japanese.” World War II History, March 2006 

John J. Domagalski is the author of Escape from Java: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the USS Marblehead. The book tells the little-known story of a badly damaged American warship and her heroic crew desperately trying to escape the Japanese onslaught in the opening days of the war in the Pacific. The Marblehead eventually made an extraordinary 13,000-mile voyage back to the United States while a group of her wounded sailors left behind staged a daring escape to Australia during the last days of the Japanese invasion of Java.

He is also the author of four other books, including: Sunk in Kula Gulf: The Final Voyage of the U.S.S. Helena and the Incredible Story of her Survivors in World War II (Potomac, 2012). Domagalski’s fascination with history began at a young age by building model ships and reading books about World War II. The interest eventually grew into research and writing. He has interviewed scores of veterans who served in the Pacific during World War II. His articles have appeared in World War II HistoryNaval History, and World War II Quarterly Magazines.
He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and lives near Chicago.
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