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FlagRasingFront.jpg
From back of photo:

A Navy communique received here reported "Palmyra Island was shelled by an enemy submarine", but it added that "there were no casualties." Palmyra lies almost as far south of Honolulu as Wake Island to the westward. This…

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MovieList-A.pdf
These lists inventory the available films to be shown in the island theatre for soldiers and officers to watch in their off hours. These 2 scans represent a small excerpt of the dozens of pages listing movies shown during the active wartime…

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NavalDiagram.jpg
This diagram, scanned from declassified material, shows the designated airplane and seaplane landing zones during the wartime occupation.

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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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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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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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Ashcraft-n-Ely.jpg
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.

Terre Haute Tribune (Terre Haute, Indiana)-Sun, 4-15-1962.pdf
Images taken from several newspapers, showing the public warning information issued by the military during Project Dominic to keep privately owned boats and aircraft out of harm's way, and away from the islands involved in the tests, including…

HospitalCorpsQuarterly -Jan1921.pdf
This brief write up of a naval pharmacy mate's experiences while serving with a small dispatch to Palmyra from Honolulu, contains a series of extremely rare photographs from that trip, including the first documented aerial photograph of the atoll and…

Aerial.jpg
These photos, taken from the article The Palmyra Islands, by M.L. Steele, are a unique look at Palmyra just 18 decades before it would begin undergoing serious physical changes by the Navy. Especially unique is the featured aerial photo of the…
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