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This brief order rescinded President Roosevelt's original order, giving the Navy control of Palmyra. It was a final step in restoring ownership to the Fullard-Leo family, and helped solidify Palmyra's status as an unincorporated territory after the…

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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…

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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…

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Though much of the Pacific islands owned by the US had already been designated as military facilities, Palmyra remained except until 1939, when the government determined its current owners, the Fullard-Leo family, did not have legal claim to it, and…

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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…

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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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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,…

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In 1996, entrepreneur, lounge singer, and amateur treasure hunter Bill Warren filed for salvage rights to a speculative shipwreck off the coast of Palmyra he believed contained the recovered treasure of the pirate vessel Esperanza, which sank near…

HonoluluRepublican-3-28-1901.pdf
Brief account of the HMS Icarus, a British man-of-war vessel who'd been at sea for several years. She spent several months sailing through the Pacific, including a stop on Palmyra. Unfortunately for her crew, they were aboard and out of…

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These images are from the initial Naval aerial survey done of Palmyra in 1935, in preparation for a potential naval base to secure US territories in the Pacific. Construction of the base wouldn't begin until 1939. The photos are especially unique…
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