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FlagRasingFront.jpg
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…

Date: 1941-12-25

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MovieList-A.pdf
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…

Date: 1943

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NavalDiagram.jpg
This diagram, scanned from declassified material, shows the designated airplane and seaplane landing zones during the wartime occupation.

Date: 1943

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

Date: 1939

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AfterStormFront.jpg
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…

Date: 1947-01-05

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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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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

Terre Haute Tribune (Terre Haute, Indiana)-Sun, 4-15-1962.pdf
Images taken from several newspapers, showing the public warning information issued by the military during Project Dominic to keep privately owned boats and aircraft out of harm's way, and away from the islands involved in the tests, including…

Date: 1962-04

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

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

Honolulu Star Bulletin - 2-17-1940.pdf
Describes the legend and confirmed details of the wreck of the Esperanza and its survivors. Also gives a general history of Palmyra, mentioning some of the scientific expeditions.

Date: 1940-02-17

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

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

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

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

211.jpg
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

160.jpg
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

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