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Brownsville Herald (Texas) 5-20-1948.pdf
Article describing a small colony living on Palmyra soon after it was handed back to the original owners, who succesfully sued the Navy for control. Describes the number of people living there, and their being employed by the Civil Aeronautics…

Date: 1948-05-20

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

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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…

Date: 1942-12-16

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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…

Date: 1942-06-12

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

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

NavalReport.pdf
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…

Date: 1944

DecontaminationHut.pdf
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…

Date: 1941

BucketOfCoral.jpg
These photos represent the earliest known images of the first construction efforts by the Navy in the early 1940's. They show the early tent structures, some of which became permanent residences, but many of which were replaced by the barracks and…

Date: 1940-02

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…

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

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

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

March-1942.pdf
During wartime, Naval stations keep daily logs of activities on the base. For Palmyra, this generally consisted of arrivals and departures, with the occasional visit or stopover by a ranking general or political figure, and the documenting of fatal…

Date: 1942-03

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April-1942.pdf
During wartime, Naval stations keep daily logs of base activities. For Palmyra, this generally consisted of arrivals and departures, with the occasional visit or stopover by a ranking general or political figure, and the documenting of fatal…

Date: 1942-04

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May-1942.pdf
During wartime, Naval stations keep daily logs of activities on the base. For Palmyra, this generally consisted of arrivals and departures, with the occasional visit or stopover by a ranking general or political figure, and the documenting of fatal…

Date: 1942-05

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June-1942.pdf
During wartime, Naval stations keep daily logs of base activities. For Palmyra, this generally consisted of arrivals and departures, with the occasional visit or stopover by a ranking general or political figure, and the documenting of fatal…

Date: 1942-06

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July-1942.pdf
During wartime, Naval stations keep daily logs of activities on the base. For Palmyra, this generally consisted of arrivals and departures, with the occasional visit or stopover by a ranking general or political figure, and the documenting of fatal…

Date: 1942-07

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