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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

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

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

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: 1805-11-10

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

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

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

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

This video shows footage from the initial dredging efforts and runway construction started in 1939 on Palmyra, in preparation for the naval base.

Date: 1939

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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

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

EastEndLookingNorthwest.jpg
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…

Date: 1935-11-1

1921AerialSurveyFlightPath.jpg
Deemed highly classified at the time, this map diagram shows where the 1921 aerial surveyors flew over Palmyra to photograph its many islands. Included are markings of where they landed and unloaded the aircraft from USS Eagle 40, which ferried the…

Date: 1921

Flying Over South Sea Isles-MDM-02-1922.pdf
This detailed article, writtent by Naval Lieutenant GA Ott, covers the operations of the US ship Eagle 40 as it traveled to and operated out of Palmyra in 1921. There mission was to take a small aircraft to the atoll, reassemble it in the lagoon, and…

Date: 1922-02

IMG_0001.jpg
These photos were taken by Naval Photographer Harry Setzer during May and June of 1944, while he was visiting Palmyra on his tour through the Pacific with USN Scouting Squadron VS-47. They feature several very unique images:

1. Actress and Singer…

Date: 1944-05

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