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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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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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…

NavalChronicle1805-vol12-excerpt.pdf
The Naval Chronicle was the original source for the announcement of Palmyra's discovery by Captain Cornelius Sawle, 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…

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…

NavalReport.pdf
This document gives an extensive inventory of the facilities and staff during the naval occupation of World War 2. This includes everything from vehicles, to fuel, to leisure sports equipment, to small fire arms.

This inventory was taken near the…

AfterStormFront.jpg
Photo taken after the stationed personnel were almost evacuated because of a severe storm.

Text of Caption on back of photo:

Island outpost almost abandoned in storm
Palmyra Island — The Navy department in Washington said January 5th that…

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