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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…

Date: 1945

80-G-12905.tiff
This Brewster F2A Buffalo, a member of the VMF-211 Fighter Sqaudron assigned to Palmyra, crashed onto the deck of the USS Long Island, after sustaining damage during takeoff from nearby Palmyra. Thankfully, the pilot survived and no one else was…

Date: 1942-07-25

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From our photo collection of the CAA Colony who occupied Palmyra from 1948 to 1949. All materials were generously donated to us by Eugene Norton's family, by way of the Nature Conservancy in Hawaii, to whom we are very grateful. For more…

Date: 1948

Christmas-1948.jpg
From our photo collection of the CAA Colony who occupied Palmyra from 1948 to 1949. All materials were generously donated to us by Eugene Norton's family, by way of the Nature Conservancy in Hawaii, to whom we are very grateful. For more information…

Date: 1948

IMG_0001 (2).jpg
From our photo collection of the CAA Colony who occupied Palmyra from 1948 to 1949. All materials were generously donated to us by Eugene Norton's family, by way of the Nature Conservancy in Hawaii, to whom we are very grateful. For more information…

Date: 1948

GroupShot1.jpg
This first group of photos from the Carter Collection, features candid shots of individual or small groups of personnel around the atoll during its World War 2 naval occupation.

James R. Carter was a Naval Photographer's Assistant, stationed on…

Date: 1942/1944

CBMU527-10-15-1943.jpg
This second group of photos from the Carter Collection, features formal pictures of platoons and large groups on the atoll during its World War 2 naval occupation.

James R. Carter was a Naval Photographer's Assistant, stationed on Palmyra during…

Date: 1942/1944

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…

Date: 1948-05-05

Coconut Circuit.pdf
In May of 1943, a group of high ranking military officers embarked on an inspection tour of the Pacific Naval bases, many of which had recently finished major construction projects and were becoming fully operational in the Pacific Theater.

This…

Date: 1943-05

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…

Date: 1948/1949

Brownsville Herald (Texas) 5-20-1948.pdf
Article describing a small colony living on Palmyra soon after it was handed back to the original owners, who succesfully sued the Navy for control. Describes the number of people living there, and their being employed by the Civil Aeronautics…

Date: 1948-05-20

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

Palmyra Driver's License.jpg
This rare document was donated by the son of Corporal Roland Champagne, who was stationed on Palmyra from 1942 to 1943. He served as a clerk, but also received his drivers permit while on the atoll, so he could make deliveries around the…

Date: 1943

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

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

AirPilotManualScan-Excerpt.pdf
This book was published throughout World War 2, and gave pilots general overviews of friendly island facilities throughout the Pacific, and instructions for landing on them.

Unfortunately the scan is lower quality, but the text and images are…

Date: 1944

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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…

Date: 1947-08-04

TankAmmo.jpg
This magazine from 1943, showcases the military branches as they were operating in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific, with specific focus on their daily routines and activities. Much of the publication is advertisements for local Hawaiian…

Date: 1943

History of Naval Air Station-1798-1945.pdf
This chronology describes, in great detail, the construction and operational events before and during the Navy occupation of Palmyra. Everything from the safe landing of specific aircraft completion dates of specific buildings and features, as…

Date: 1945

MaryAliceEvatt Excerpt.m4a
Mrs. Mary Alice Evatt was the wife of Dr Herbert Vere Evatt, a prominent Australian politician in the mid 1900s. This excerpt describes time she spent on Palmyra during the early 1940s when it was occupied by the US Navy.

Date: 1973-04-26

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