John Domagalski
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"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

"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 four books about World War II in the Pacific. Under a Blood Red Sun: The Remarkable Story of PT Boats in the Philippines and the Rescue of General MacArthur (Casemate, 2016) tells the story a group of American sailors trapped in the Philippines during the early days of the Pacific War. Into the Dark Water: The Story of Three Officers and PT-109 (Casemate, 2014) uses the stories of three young naval officers to tell the World War II saga of the warship made famous by John F. Kennedy. 

His other books include: 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) and Lost at Guadalcanal: The Final Battles of the Astoria and Chicago (McFarland, 2010). The author's articles have appeared in World War II HistoryNaval History, and World War II Quarterly Magazines. 

His 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 dozens of World War II veterans. Domagalski is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and lives near Chicago.
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