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The Hawaiian Gazette 4-20-1909.pdf
Newspaper interview with famous Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy) Eben "Rawhide Ben" Low describing a recent boat cruise through the South Seas. A good portion is dedicated to several days he spent on Palmyra exploring the islands.

Date: 1909-04-04

1921 Aerial-Crop.jpg
This image is from the 1921 aerial survey, done as part of the first coastal aerial survey performed in the United States. This very rare image was found in a collection files marked under as Japanese, and also contained a number of Palmyra aerials…

Date: 1921-09-21

Independent-11-9-1965.pdf
This brief article gives an overview of the outcome to the 1965 court case wherein a small corporation attempted to use Palmyra as their base of operations for an illegal gambling operation. Specifically, holding a lottery against the outcome of the…

Date: 1965-11-09

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

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

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

HA-841922.pdf
This is part 1 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. Here he describes how large game fish are caught aboard a typical sampan fishing vessel. This particular event took place at Kingman Reef, on the…

Date: 1922-08-04

HonoluluAdvertiser-8-9-1922.pdf
This is part 2 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. It describes, in colorful detail, several methods for dealing with sharks while wading on reefs like those at Palmyra.

Thurston owned the…

Date: 1922-08-09

HA-8121922.pdf
This is part 3 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. This colorful account describes a wrestling match between a young local, Teddy Dranga, and a large Tuna they hoped to have for dinner. …

Date: 1922-08-12

HA-1081922.pdf
This is part 4 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. This true "fish story", describes young crew member Teddy Dranga's fight with a giant eel, who had swallowed the fish, that had swallowed Teddy's…

Date: 1922-10-08

HA-1071913.pdf
This fun, witty limerick tells what we can only assume is a fictitious story of a tree climbing crab on Palmyra, who would call out to a turtle to crack coconuts on its shell, and together they would eat them. This is described in the climax of the…

Date: 1913-10-07

Nimitz on Palmyra War Diary Excerpt.pdf
This personal account is of Waitsell Leon GIvens, a Navy Radioman, 2nd Class who was stationed on Palmyra during World War 2. Throughout his life, he would often tell his family the attached story, as relayed by his daughter.

Confirmation of…

Date: 1943-06-18

HonoluluAdvertiser-1-3-1917.pdf
Brief account of the death of Captain Weisbarth and his final journey to his wife's home in the Gilbert Island's where he retired.

Date: 1917-01-03

GentlemansMagazine-12-1901.pdf
This brief account of the wreck of the Henry James, offers unique descriptions of what survivors found while staying on Palmyra, awaiting rescue. It mentions pre-existing huts and inscriptions on trees, as well as leeches, a first to be heard of in…

Date: 1901-12

Polynesian-6-21-1862.pdf
This brief article described the historically significant but not quite exciting (at the time at least) acquisition of Palmyra as a Hawaiian possession. The original written report of Captain Zenas Bent is included, describing how he left a flag, a…

Date: 1862-06-16

A 1979 09 18 A1.pdf
Third of a four part series on the state of Palmyra in 1979, when attention was drawn to it as a potential storage site for nuclear waste. Part three describes the plant and animal life of the atoll, as the author walks through its forest and along…

Date: 1979

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

PressDemocrat-10-5-1961.pdf
This brief account details plans for a resort to be built on Palmyra. This is not the first account of someone trying to establish such an enterprise on Palmyra, but it is the first serious and documented effort since the Naval occupation.

Date: 1961-10-05

2009-01-13 03.55.59.jpg
In 1987, Dr. James Maragos helped convince the then owners of Palmyra, the Fullard-Leo family, to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to survey Palmyra, for a potential cleanup project to remove materials still left from the Naval occupation during…

Date: 1987

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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