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Wake Island - I've been here already, and it is as beautiful as it looks. I, and several others, played a small part in a documentary for the History Channel.

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Wake Island: An old Japanese WW2 tank sitting on the floor of the lagoon.

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The formal surrender of the Japanese garrison on Wake Island - September 7, 1945

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Captured Japanese photograph of the remains of the twelve F4F Wildcats flown by Marine squadron VMF-211 in defense of Wake Island. The plane in the foreground was flown by Henry Hammerin Hank Elrod, the first airman to be awarded the Medal of Honor (posthumous), for his sinking of a Japanese destroyer. Photo Courtesy of the National Archives.

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Wake Island: Japanese Occupation and Surrender

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WWII Japanese aircraft bunker on Wake Island. Photos: Altaffer

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TO THE COLORS sounds as the American flag is raised over Wake Island for the first time since December 1941.

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USS Wake Island (CVE 65)

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On Wake Island in 1943, the Japanese execute 97 captured Americans by machine gun. Only 1 man escapes the slaughter and carves "98 US PW 5-10-43" on large coral rock as an attempt to document the atrocity. He is later captured and beheaded. It is still there today.

reef of Wake Island

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