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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

Poisonous Fish Investigation.pdf
During the late 1940's and early 1950's, reports of fish poisoning from around the line islands and central Pacific became rampant. Scores of previously edible fish were now causing severe illness, and in some cases death. The Navy, acknowledging…

Date: 1953-05-06

NavalChronicle1805-vol12-excerpt.pdf
The Naval Chronicle was the original source for the announcement of Palmyra's discovery by Captain Cornelius Sowle, as described in this excerpt. There are 2 important things to note:

1. The spelling of the captain's name is Sowle, not Sawle, as…

Date: 1805-12

Flying-2-1921.pdf
In the late 1910's and early 1920's, the United States had very little in the way of military aircraft. In an effort to convince both the public and officials there was value in investing in these aircraft, a series of aerial surveys and bombing…

Date: 1921-02

USSBurrowsMatchbook.jpg
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.

Date: 1942

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spalmyra11957.jpg
Pictures taken by Doug Wilson while he was stationed on Palmyra, to observe the nuclear tests as part of Operation Redwing.

Date: 1956-05-01

6th WX going home.jpeg
A collection of photos taken by 6th Weather Squadron members while stationed on Palmyra, to observe results from the nuclear tests carried out as part of Operation Dominic.

Date: 1962

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

HaroldIckesMemorandum.pdf
We came across this document while looking through memos and letter related to the formation of Executive Order 8682, establishing Palmyra as a Naval base of operations during WW2.

This 1938 letter comes from then Secretary of the Interior Harold…

Date: 1938-07-11

IMG_0001.jpg
These photos were taken by Naval Photographer Harry Setzer during May and June of 1944, while he was visiting Palmyra on his tour through the Pacific with USN Scouting Squadron VS-47. They feature several very unique images:

1. Actress and Singer…

Date: 1944-05

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

Cooper Letter to Gov Hawaii-1912.pdf
This letter, with a 1922 preface and explanation from the Navy (who retained the original letter), was written by Judge Henry E. Cooper of Hawaii, to then Governor of Hawaii, W.F. Frear. According to the letter, Cooper was concerned that a British…

Date: 1912-01-12

Flying Over South Sea Isles-MDM-02-1922.pdf
This detailed article, writtent by Naval Lieutenant GA Ott, covers the operations of the US ship Eagle 40 as it traveled to and operated out of Palmyra in 1921. There mission was to take a small aircraft to the atoll, reassemble it in the lagoon, and…

Date: 1922-02

Aerial.jpg
These photos, taken from the article The Palmyra Islands, by M.L. Steele, are a unique look at Palmyra just 18 decades before it would begin undergoing serious physical changes by the Navy. Especially unique is the featured aerial photo of the…

Date: 1922-01

HospitalCorpsQuarterly -Jan1921.pdf
This brief write up of a naval pharmacy mate's experiences while serving with a small dispatch to Palmyra from Honolulu, contains a series of extremely rare photographs from that trip, including the first documented aerial photograph of the atoll and…

Date: 1922-01

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

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

BRR_1942_NarrativeReportSept-Dec.pdf
This report on the wildlife populations and weather conditions of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah, mentions a group of Pintail ducks who ended up on Palmyra in August of that year.

No explanation is given or reason understood, but…

Date: 1943-01

1921 Aerial-Crop.jpg
This image is from the 1921 aerial survey, done as part of the first coastal aerial survey performed in the United States. This very rare image was found in a collection files marked under as Japanese, and also contained a number of Palmyra aerials…

Date: 1921-09-21

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