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.
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.