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76thCBMU.pdf
This excerpt features content specifically related to Palmyra, from the larger yearbook of activities and personnel in the 76th CBMU. These few photos and anecdotes offer a great view into life before the larger conflict in the Pacific entered full…

Date: 1945

2-8-1949.pdf
Alta Norton was a member of the CAA colony who occupied Palmyra from 1948 to 1949. One of her sons, George, was the first (and only) graduate of the short lived school program created during the time of the colony. He also maintained a large…

Date: 1948/1949

Clipper(PAA)-5-12-1948.pdf
Brief article about a CAA (forerunner to the FAA) employee who had to be emergency airlifted to Honolulu after a fish bone became lodged in his throat. Lucky for him, the Pan Am Clipper Celestial (a Douglas DC-4) was nearby and able to divert to…

Date: 1948-05-05

TankAmmo.jpg
This magazine from 1943, showcases the military branches as they were operating in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific, with specific focus on their daily routines and activities. Much of the publication is advertisements for local Hawaiian…

Date: 1943

SgtMaylonePostcard-Back.jpg
This postcard continues a conversation between USMC Sgt. Elwin E. Maylone and Sacramento, California resident Mr. Chas. M. Borba.

This would have been sent prior to main construction phase on Palmyra being finished, so Sgt. Maylone likely lived…

Date: 1943-02-18

Coconut Circuit.pdf
In May of 1943, a group of high ranking military officers embarked on an inspection tour of the Pacific Naval bases, many of which had recently finished major construction projects and were becoming fully operational in the Pacific Theater.

This…

Date: 1943-05

604thGRCo.pdf
The Quartermaster Graves Registration Service had the terrible task of following military battles, typically a few days after the fighting was finished, to properly identify and either bury or send home the fallen soldiers.

With the world wide…

Date: 1948-06

GroupShot1.jpg
This first group of photos from the Carter Collection, features candid shots of individual or small groups of personnel around the atoll during its World War 2 naval occupation.

James R. Carter was a Naval Photographer's Assistant, stationed on…

Date: 1942/1944

CBMU527-10-15-1943.jpg
This second group of photos from the Carter Collection, features formal pictures of platoons and large groups on the atoll during its World War 2 naval occupation.

James R. Carter was a Naval Photographer's Assistant, stationed on Palmyra during…

Date: 1942/1944

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1st Lt. John W. Bustard was born and raised in Hawaii, attending from the Punahou School, before leaving to study at Stanford University. He later joined the Marine Corps, graduating from officers training academy in Quantico, Virginia.

During…

Date: 1943

AirPilotManualScan-Excerpt.pdf
This book was published throughout World War 2, and gave pilots general overviews of friendly island facilities throughout the Pacific, and instructions for landing on them.

Unfortunately the scan is lower quality, but the text and images are…

Date: 1944

PalmyraCircle-Complete.pdf
From 1948 to 1949, a colony of several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked on Palmyra. While there, they published a weekly periodical with news and highlights on events around the atoll.

The small paper…

Date: 1948/1949

Exec8616.pdf
Though much of the Pacific islands owned by the US had already been designated as military facilities, Palmyra remained exempt until 1939, when the government determined its current owners, the Fullard-Leo family, did not have legal claim to it, and…

Date: 1940-12-19

Exec8682.pdf
This order officially established the "Palmyra Island Naval Defensive Sea Area". Plans for the construction and use of Palmyra as a Naval station were finalized and put in place, as the atoll's underwent its most significant physical changes at the…

Date: 1941-02-14

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After years of court appeals, the previous owners of Palmyra, the Fullard-Leo family, finally won their suit against the US Government and ownership of Palmyra was returned to them. While this didn't mean the immediate evacuation of personel from…

Date: 1947-08-04

Palmyra from Roland Champagne Memoirs.pdf
Marine Corporal Champagne lived and worked on Palmyra from October of 1942 to October of 1943, during World War 2, serving primarily as a typist and clerk, though he performed other duties, as described in this excerpt from his unpublished memoirs. …

Date: 1942-10/1943-10

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These photos were taken by Corporal Roland Champlagne while he was stationed on Palmyra, during World War 2. They have been wonderfully preserved by his son, Carl, who generously shared them with us. Interestingly, there is some overlap between this…

Date: 1942

AerialGunnerFitz.jpg
Marine Scout Bombing Squadron's were bomber groups who flew strafing missions all over the Pacific, and were responsible for some of the most daring bomber raids in the the war. This collection of photos comes from 1943, when the the VMSB was…

Date: 1943-10

QSL-1.jpg
Palmyra Designation: KH6KL
Operator: W2HHF

This QSL was likely created by a CAA (forerunner to the FAA) employee, who lived and worked on Palmyra as part of the colony.  Amateur radio would have been an ideal hobby for someone there at the time,…

Date: 1947-06-17

JamesLBreckenridge-9-1942-Front.jpg
This portrait of US Marine James L Breckenridge has little information, and was found while combing through the National Archives online records. Besides the name and date, we don't know much else, only that he was on Palmyra at that time, likely as…
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