World War 2

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Title

World War 2

Subject

Materials related to the atoll's time as a Naval base during World War 2.

Creator

Jesse Johnson

Items in the World War 2 Collection

Raising of Old Glory on Palmyra after Shelling
From back of photo:

A Navy communique received here reported "Palmyra Island was shelled by an enemy submarine", but it added that "there were no casualties." Palmyra lies almost as far south of Honolulu as Wake Island to the westward. This…

Movie Lists for Island Theatre
These lists inventory the available films to be shown in the island theatre for soldiers and officers to watch in their off hours. These 2 scans represent a small excerpt of the dozens of pages listing movies shown during the active wartime…

This video shows footage from the initial dredging efforts and runway construction started in 1939 on Palmyra, in preparation for the naval base.

History of US Army on Palmyra
A detailed report of the United States Army's presence on Palmyra, starting in 1943. Special attention is given to the number of assigned, their rank and file, as well as specific weapons installations, and the conditions of the Atoll..

Island after a Storm
Photo taken after the stationed personnel were almost evacuated because of a severe storm.

Text of Caption on back of photo:

Island outpost almost abandoned in storm
Palmyra Island — The Navy department in Washington said January 5th that…

Matchbook from the USS William Ward Burrows
Rare official Navy matchbook from the USS William Ward Burrows, a transport ship used throughout the Pacific during WW2. It features a small map on the back, showing Palmyra as a location.

Photo Collection: Wartime Aerial Survey (2 of 2)
This group of photographs (the second of 2 collections) was taken during World War 2, after primary construction of the facilities on the islands were finished. You can see the various buildings and aircraft stored there, as well as the stark…

Photo Collection: Wartime Aerial Survey (1 of 2)
This group of photographs (the first of 2 collections) was taken during World War 2, when primary construction of the facilities on the islands were nearly finished. Many are already in use, and much of the main island looks to be occupied. You can…

Inventory of Naval Facilities During WW2 Occupation
This document gives an extensive inventory of the facilities and staff during the naval occupation of World War 2. This includes everything from vehicles, to fuel, to leisure sports equipment, to small fire arms.

This inventory was taken near the…

Naval Construction Drawings
These sketches show the proposed locations for various buildings and structures around the atoll, mostly on Cooper Island where the main operations were located. Various memos around this same time describe the minor changes made as these sketches…

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