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Desert_By Wm Glasgow.jpeg
This etching was done by William Glasgow in 1930, according to its markings and notations. This particular print was purchased at a fundraiser for the Oakland Museum of California in approximately 2010. The etching was used in the introduction to…

Date: 1930

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RG-18-AA-174-21-ac.jpg
These rare aerial photos show Palmyra prior to the massive construction projects of the Seabees (Marine Construction Brigades) starting in 1939. You can clearly see the various lagoons and reef outlines, with the islets thickly covered in foliage,…

Date: 1935

HaroldIckesMemorandum.pdf
We came across this document while looking through memos and letter related to the formation of Executive Order 8682, establishing Palmyra as a Naval base of operations during WW2.

This 1938 letter comes from then Secretary of the Interior Harold…

Date: 1938-07-11

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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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

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

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…

Date: 1941-12-25

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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

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.

Date: 1942

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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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