August 28, 1943: Eleanor Roosevelt Visits U.S. troops in the South Pacific
On this day in 1943, Eleanor Roosevelt arrived in New Zealand as a volunteer for the Red Cross. She made 17 stops during her trip including Australia, New Zealand and many small Pacific islands, boosting the morale of American troops at military bases, hospitals and nursing homes along the way.
Learn about Eleanor’s work with veterans with this new preview video from Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts.
Photo: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library