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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…

PacificIslandsHandbook-Excerpt.pdf
Several excerpts from the 1944 edition of the Pacific Islands Handbook, including its description of Palmyra and its history, a map of the Pacific including Palmyra, and a wonderful diagram showing all the various uses for Coconut trees, describing…

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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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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History of U.S. Army on Palmyra Island OCLC31764491 D767.99.P34 H57 1944.pdf
A detailed report of the United States Army's presence on Palmyra, starting in 1943. Special attention is given to the number of assigned, their rank and file, as well as specific weapons installations, and the conditions of the Atoll..

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

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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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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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