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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

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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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

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

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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

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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

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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

PacificIslandsHandbook-Excerpt.pdf
Several excerpts from the 1944 edition of the Pacific Islands Handbook, including its description of Palmyra and its history, a map of the Pacific including Palmyra, and a wonderful diagram showing all the various uses for Coconut trees, describing…

Date: 1945

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

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

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These rare aerial photos show Palmyra prior to the massive construction projects of the Seabees (Marine Construction Brigades) starting in 1939. You can clearly see the various lagoons and reef outlines, with the islets thickly covered in foliage,…

Date: 1935

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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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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