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The China-Burma-India Theater of World War II
  Officially established 22 June 1942, the China-Burma-India Theater (CBI) is often referred to as The Forgotten Theater of World War II.  Of the 12,300,000 Americans under arms at the height of World War II mobilization, only about 250,000 (two percent) were assigned to the CBI Theater, making CBI Veterans are Unique more than just a slogan.

  Initially important to the Allied war effort because of plans to invade Japan from the Chinese mainland, it became mainly an effort to keep China supplied and in the war.  Allied forces, mostly British, Chinese, and Indian, engaged large numbers of Japanese troops that might have otherwise been used elsewhere.  The less than 3,000 volunteer soldiers who became famous as Merrill's Marauders, and the units of the Mars Task Force, were the only dedicated U.S. ground fighting forces in the Theater.

  America's role in CBI was to support China by providing war materials and the manpower to get it to where it was needed.  The majority of Americans in CBI worked to bring lend-lease supplies to China.  The Flying Tigers fought the Japanese in the air over China and Burma.  Army Air Forces flew supplies Over The Hump from India to China.  Merrill's Marauders and the Mars Task Force fought through the jungles of Burma.  Army Engineers built the Ledo Road to open up a land supply route.



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Share Your CBI Memorabilia

   Most of these sites were created using World War II era publications and printed material from CBI.  Some of the material was provided by people like you.  Your CBI story, photos and other memorabilia is of interest to veterans and friends of CBI and is an important part of history.  This history can be preserved and published to the Internet so that anyone interested can readily access information about the CBI Theater.  You don't have to part with your piece of CBI history as good photocopies or scans are acceptable.  If you have photos or memorabilia from CBI and would like to share it and your story with veterans and others interested in CBI, please click below to send an e-mail.

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 CBI Wall Of Honor
Honor CBI Veterans

  As part of 75th Anniversary Commemorations of events in the China-Burma-India Theater, a Wall of Honor has been created to honor the American men and women who served in CBI.  You can participate by submitting a wartime photo of a relative or friend who served in the China-Burma-India Theater, and by spreading the word.  Photos will be added to the Wall of Honor on this site as well as to a traveling wall which will be used during commemorations of CBI events across the country.  Please use the link below to submit a photo and be sure to include full name, unit or area, and hometown.

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Many thanks to these veterans and friends of CBI whose generosity helped make these pages possible

Robert Amenitsch   Hal Baker   Jyotirmay Bareria   Michael Bauernfeind   Linda Berthow   Ron Bleecker   Matt Brinkman  

Miriam Burrows   Tony Bushur   Rick Camden   Matt Campanella   John Clark   Kathryn Thomason Cleveland  

James R. Cobb   Roger Cook   Jim Corbitt   Dave Dale   Douglas Devaux   Virginia Dyer   Milt Eisenberg   Bob Fagelson  

Paul Farley   Grover Fike   Tom Foltz   S. Neal Gardner   Gary Goldblatt   Carol Hoffner   Maury Hurt  

Earl & Diana Ingram   Joan Isham   Linda James   Jake Jesse   Wen Jiang   Steve Johnson   Steven C. King  

Carlton W. King   Brendan Koerner   Leo (Sapienza) Leonhart   Chuck Louis   Glenda Garrelts Mattes   Charles Mette  

Tom Miller   Gregg Millett   Richard Mowbray   Bud Osborn   Charles Peterson   Wendall Phillips   Richard Riva  

Timothy Rogers   Jack Russell   Nick Sanchez   Terrence Schwartz   Robert Shaw   Howard Sherman   Paul Shindelar  

Joe Shupe   Larry Stockwell   John Sunne   Jack Thomas   Bob Thompson   Graham Thompson   Jeff Titchenal  

Frank Vierling   Christine Weidenburner   Joseph Weidenburner   Glenna Wilding and the Derby City Basha  


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