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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…

Australian adventurer Alby Mangels spent the early 1970's sailing around the Pacific in the world's oldest still sailing vessel, the Klaraborg. This documentary chronicles his trip, which stopped in Palmyra for several weeks. This video excerpt…

2-8-1949.pdf
Alta Norton was a member of the CAA colony who occupied Palmyra from 1948 to 1949. One of her sons, George, was the first (and only) graduate of the short lived school program created during the time of the colony. He also maintained a large…

Honolulu Magazine-Jan 1984.pdf
This very detailed and honest account retells Palmyra's history from the perspective of its longest standing and last private owners, the Fullard-Leo's. Much of it explains the pitfalls of owning and managing a remote Pacific island, wanted by…

A 1979 09 16 A1.pdf
First 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 one gives a general description of life on the island now, and the dangers of using it for storing…

A 1979 09 19 A1.pdf
Last 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 four discusses various mysteries surrounding the island, including the (at the time) recent murder case…

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…

A 1979 09 17 A1.pdf
Second 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 two describes daily life for the copra plantation workers, and what the plantation hopes to achieve, as…

Poisonous Fish Investigation.pdf
During the late 1940's and early 1950's, reports of fish poisoning from around the line islands and central Pacific became rampant. Scores of previously edible fish were now causing severe illness, and in some cases death. The Navy, acknowledging…

Daily Pacific Commercial Advertiser - 7-6-1903.pdf
Describes in detail the story of the pirate ship Esperanza, wrecked on the reefs outside Palmyra in 1816, along with its survivors. Has a detailed map of Palmyra from the time and a basic history. Same article as posted in the archive at the link…

Clipper(PAA)-5-12-1948.pdf
Brief article about a CAA (forerunner to the FAA) employee who had to be emergency airlifted to Honolulu after a fish bone became lodged in his throat. Lucky for him, the Pan Am Clipper Celestial (a Douglas DC-4) was nearby and able to divert to…

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David Howard Hitchcock (1861 - 1943) was a prolific Hawaiian painter, and a member of the Volcano School (non-native peoples who painted dramatic depictions of volcanoes). He's also known for bringing the Boy Scouts program to the Hawaiian islands,…

UncleSamsPacificIslets.pdf
Detailed account of the islands and remote territories owned or managed by the United States, as of its publication in 1940. Contains a detailed chapter on Palmyra, and the activities surrounding it up to that point, including several maps.

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USSBurrowsMatchbook.jpg
Rare official Navy matchbook from the USS William Ward Burrows, a transport ship used throughout the Pacific during WW2. It features a small map on the back, showing Palmyra as a location.

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Evening Independent 9-7-1947.png
Article describing how a HAM operator and a nurse saved the life of a crash survivor on Palmyra, from 6,000 miles away.

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In 1979, a small group of government researchers and officials covertly flew to Palmyra on a classified mission to asses the feasibility of storing nuclear material on the atoll. The group encountered difficulties with their aircraft along the way,…

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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…

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This early issue of the Pacific Naturalist periodical was dedicated entirely to a study done on Palmyra under the title, " Changes in Palmyra Atoll and its Vegetation through the Activities of Man, 1913-1958". This collection features a series of…

Pacific_Naturalist_Vol_1_No_2_1959.pdf
Extensive report on the physical changes Palmyra has undergone since 1913, when one of the first extensive physical surveys of its shores, plants, and animal life was done. This report contains a wealth of information of general interest, describing…

Bob James, Jim Maynard, EJZ, and Steve Cox.jpg
Dr. Zipser was the scientific coordinator for the Line Islands Experiment, a testament to his knowledge and skill, having received his doctorate just a few years prior. These photos were taken by him and his staff during his time on Palmyra.

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