The Race for Wake Island
Pierce, M. R., Military Review
Following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the US Pacific Fleet lay in ruins, and the Japanese were just beginning their dizzying string of victories. One bright spot in the chaos was the US Marines' dogged defense of Wake Island and its sister islets Wilkes and Peale. The islands, isolated strips of coral in the central Pacific 1,000 miles west of Pearl Harbor and 500 miles north of the Marshall Islands, sat astride east-west lines of communication for both the United States and Imperial Japan.
In 1935, PanAir requested permission to use Wake Island as a refueling stop for its Pacific Clipper air service. With an eye toward the future, PanAir began making Wake …
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Publication information: Article title: The Race for Wake Island. Contributors: Pierce, M. R. - Author. Journal title: Military Review. Volume: 80. Issue: 3 Publication date: May/June 2000. Page number: 85+. © 2009 U.S. Army CGSC. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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