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DocumentsOfExecOrder8616.pdf
This group of memos and letters trace the development of Executive Order 8616, which put Palmyra under the official management of the US Navy. Most date from 1939 offer a unique view into the process of how land was acquired by the military during…

Date: 1939

BucketOfCoral.jpg
These photos represent the earliest known images of the first construction efforts by the Navy in the early 1940's. They show the early tent structures, some of which became permanent residences, but many of which were replaced by the barracks and…

Date: 1940-02

KG6MV KH5 1940 Warner Hoboy.jpg
Palmyra Designation: KP6
Operator: Warner Hoboy

This QSL represents the first documented DxPedition to Palmyra, and we're very excited to house a digital copy of it in our archive.

Special thanks to the Club Log Team for sharing this QSL with…

Date: 1940-06-01

Exec8616.pdf
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…

Date: 1940-12-19

DecontaminationHut.pdf
These sketches show the proposed locations for various buildings and structures around the atoll, mostly on Cooper Island where the main operations were located. Various memos around this same time describe the minor changes made as these sketches…

Date: 1941

Exec8682.pdf
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…

Date: 1941-02-14

Aerial-Distant East to West.jpg
These images, primarily aerials from 1941 and 1942, show the progression of Naval construction activities on Palmyra. There are a few ground shots of buildings as well, showing freshly finished structures.

The truly unique property of these…

Date: 1941/1942

Bird.png
These photos were taken by Corporal Roland Champlagne while he was stationed on Palmyra, during World War 2. They have been wonderfully preserved by his son, Carl, who generously shared them with us. Interestingly, there is some overlap between this…

Date: 1942

March-1942.pdf
During wartime, Naval stations keep daily logs of activities on the base. For Palmyra, this generally consisted of arrivals and departures, with the occasional visit or stopover by a ranking general or political figure, and the documenting of fatal…

Date: 1942-03

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April-1942.pdf
During wartime, Naval stations keep daily logs of base activities. For Palmyra, this generally consisted of arrivals and departures, with the occasional visit or stopover by a ranking general or political figure, and the documenting of fatal…

Date: 1942-04

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May-1942.pdf
During wartime, Naval stations keep daily logs of activities on the base. For Palmyra, this generally consisted of arrivals and departures, with the occasional visit or stopover by a ranking general or political figure, and the documenting of fatal…

Date: 1942-05

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June-1942.pdf
During wartime, Naval stations keep daily logs of base activities. For Palmyra, this generally consisted of arrivals and departures, with the occasional visit or stopover by a ranking general or political figure, and the documenting of fatal…

Date: 1942-06

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160.jpg
This group of photographs (the first of 2 collections) was taken during World War 2, when primary construction of the facilities on the islands were nearly finished. Many are already in use, and much of the main island looks to be occupied. You can…

Date: 1942-06-12

July-1942.pdf
During wartime, Naval stations keep daily logs of activities on the base. For Palmyra, this generally consisted of arrivals and departures, with the occasional visit or stopover by a ranking general or political figure, and the documenting of fatal…

Date: 1942-07

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August-1942.pdf
During wartime, Naval stations keep daily logs of base activities. For Palmyra, this generally consisted of arrivals and departures, with the occasional visit or stopover by a ranking general or political figure, and the documenting of fatal…

Date: 1942-08

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September-1942.pdf
During wartime, Naval stations keep daily logs of activities on the base. For Palmyra, this generally consisted of arrivals and departures, with the occasional visit or stopover by a ranking general or political figure, and the documenting of fatal…

Date: 1942-09

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October-1942.pdf
During wartime, Naval stations keep daily logs of base activities. For Palmyra, this generally consisted of arrivals and departures, with the occasional visit or stopover by a ranking general or political figure, and the documenting of fatal…

Date: 1942-10

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Palmyra from Roland Champagne Memoirs.pdf
Marine Corporal Champagne lived and worked on Palmyra from October of 1942 to October of 1943, during World War 2, serving primarily as a typist and clerk, though he performed other duties, as described in this excerpt from his unpublished memoirs. …

Date: 1942-10/1943-10

November-1942.pdf
During wartime, Naval stations keep daily logs of activities on the base. For Palmyra, this generally consisted of arrivals and departures, with the occasional visit or stopover by a ranking general or political figure, and the documenting of fatal…

Date: 1942-11

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December-1942.pdf
During wartime, Naval stations keep daily logs of base activities. For Palmyra, this generally consisted of arrivals and departures, with the occasional visit or stopover by a ranking general or political figure, and the documenting of fatal…

Date: 1942-12

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