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WAKE ISLAND (also known as WAKE ATOLL) is a coral atoll located in the western Pacific Ocean in the northeastern area of the Micronesia subregion , 1,501 miles (2,416 kilometers) east of Guam
Guam
, 2,298 miles (3,698 kilometers) west of Honolulu
Honolulu
and 1,991 miles (3,204 kilometers) southeast of Tokyo
Tokyo
. The island is an unorganized , unincorporated territory of the United States Minor Outlying Islands
United States Minor Outlying Islands
that is also claimed by the Republic of the Marshall Islands . Wake Island
Island
is one of the most isolated islands in the world and the nearest inhabited island is Utirik Atoll
Atoll
in the Marshall Islands , 592 miles (953 kilometers) to the southeast.

Wake Island
Island
is administered by the United States Air Force
United States Air Force
, under an agreement with the U. S. Department of the Interior . The center of activity on the atoll is at Wake Island Airfield (IATA : AWK, ICAO : PWAK) which is primarily used as a mid-Pacific refueling stop for military aircraft and as an emergency landing area. The 9,800-foot (3,000 m) runway is the longest strategic runway in the Pacific islands. Located south of the runway is the Wake Island
Island
Launch Center, a missile launch site of the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site operated by the United States Army
United States Army
Space and Missile Defense Command and the Missile Defense Agency . The Base Operations Support contractor at Wake is Chugach Alaska Corporation . About 94 people live on the island, and access to it is restricted.

On December 11, 1941, Wake Island
Island
was the site of the Empire of Japan 's first unsuccessful attack on American forces in the Battle of Wake Island
Island
during World War II
World War II
when U.S. Marines , with some Naval personnel , and civilians on the island repelled an attempted Imperial Japanese invasion, sinking two enemy destroyers and a transport . The island fell to overwhelming Japanese forces 12 days later in a second attack, this one with extensive support from Japanese carrier-based aircraft returning from the attack on Pearl Harbor naval and air bases in Hawaii
Hawaii
further east, four days before. Wake Island
Island
remained occupied by Japanese forces until the end of the war in September 1945.

The submerged and emergent lands at the atoll are a unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument
Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument
.

For statistical purposes, Wake Island
Island
is grouped as one of the United States Minor Outlying Islands (UM-79 ) by the International Organization for Standardization ( ISO 3166 ).

CONTENTS

* 1 Etymology

* 2 Geography

* 2.1 Climate

* 2.1.1 Typhoons

* 3 Prehistory

* 3.1 Enen-kio

* 4 History

* 4.1 Early European contact * 4.2 United States Exploring Expedition
United States Exploring Expedition
* 4.3 The wreck and salvage of the Libelle * 4.4 The wreck of the Dashing Wave * 4.5 American possession * 4.6 Feather poaching * 4.7 Japanese castaways * 4.8 USS Beaver strategic survey * 4.9 Tanager Expedition * 4.10 Pan American Airways and the U.S. Navy * 4.11 Pan American Airways base for the "Flying Clippers" * 4.12 Military buildup

* 4.13 World War II
World War II

* 4.13.1 Battle of Wake Island * 4.13.2 Japanese occupation and surrender

* 4.14 Post- World War II
World War II
military and commercial airfield * 4.15 Korean War
Korean War
* 4.16 Tanker shipwreck and oil spill * 4.17 Commercial aviation ends and the U.S. Air Force assumes control * 4.18 Vietnam
Vietnam
War refugees and Operation New Life * 4.19 Bikini Islanders resettlement * 4.20 Commemorative and memorial visits * 4.21 Missile systems testing resumes and the U.S. Army takes control * 4.22 U.S. Air Force regains control

* 5 Demographics * 6 Government

* 7 Transportation

* 7.1 Aviation * 7.2 Ports * 7.3 Roads

* 8 Territorial claim by the Marshall Islands * 9 Popular culture references * 10 See also * 11 Notes * 12 References * 13 Further reading * 14 External links

ETYMOLOGY

Wake Island
Island
derives its name from British sea captain Samuel Wake, who rediscovered the atoll in 1796 while in command of the Prince William Henry. The name is sometimes attributed to Captain William Wake, who also is reported to have discovered the atoll from the Prince William Henry in 1792.

GEOGRAPHY

ISLAND ACRES HECTARES

WAKE ISLET 1,367.04 553.22

WILKES ISLET 197.44 79.90

PEALE ISLET 256.83 103.94

WAKE ISLAND 1,821.31 737.06

LAGOON (WATER) 1,480.00 600.00

SAND FLAT 910.00 370.00

Wake is located two-thirds of the way between Honolulu
Honolulu
and Guam
Guam
. Honolulu
Honolulu
is 2,300 statute miles (3,700 km) to the east and Guam
Guam
, 1,510 statute miles (2,430 km) to the west. The closest land is the uninhabited Bokak Atoll
Atoll
348 mi (560 km) in the Marshall Islands , to the southeast. The atoll is to the west of the International Date Line and is in the Wake Island Time Zone ( UTC+12 ), the easternmost time zone in the United States, and almost one day ahead of the 50 states .

Although Wake is officially called an island in the singular form, it is actually an atoll composed of three islets and a reef surrounding a central lagoon:

CLIMATE

Wake Island
Island
lies in the tropical zone, but it is subject to periodic temperate storms during the winter. Sea surface temperatures are warm all year long, reaching above 80 °F (27 °C) in summer and autumn. Typhoons occasionally pass over the island.

CLIMATE DATA FOR WAKE ISLAND, US

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 27.9 (82.2) 27.8 (82) 28.4 (83.1) 28.8 (83.8) 29.8 (85.6) 30.9 (87.6) 31.2 (88.2) 31.2 (88.2) 31.2 (88.2) 30.8 (87.4) 29.7 (85.5) 28.6 (83.5) 29.69 (85.44)

DAILY MEAN °C (°F) 25.3 (77.5) 25.2 (77.4) 25.6 (78.1) 25.9 (78.6) 26.9 (80.4) 27.9 (82.2) 28.2 (82.8) 28.2 (82.8) 28.3 (82.9) 27.9 (82.2) 27.1 (80.8) 26.1 (79) 26.88 (80.39)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 22.6 (72.7) 22.3 (72.1) 22.7 (72.9) 23.0 (73.4) 23.9 (75) 24.8 (76.6) 25.2 (77.4) 25.2 (77.4) 25.4 (77.7) 25.1 (77.2) 24.5 (76.1) 23.4 (74.1) 24.01 (75.22)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION MM (INCHES) 29.5 (1.161) 40.6 (1.598) 56.6 (2.228) 63.8 (2.512) 44.2 (1.74) 58.2 (2.291) 102.1 (4.02) 156.5 (6.161) 128.8 (5.071) 110.0 (4.331) 70.9 (2.791) 45.2 (1.78) 906.4 (35.684)

Source: climatemps

HISTORICAL POPULATION

YEAR POP. ±%

1941 1,738 —

1943 98 −94.4%

1945 400 +308.2%

1970 1,647 +311.8%

1980 302 −81.7%

1990 7 −97.7%

2000 3 −57.1%

2009 150 +4900.0%

2010 188 +25.3%

2015 94 −50.0%

2017 100 +6.4%

Typhoons

Damaged trees and debris left by Super Typhoon Ioke in 2006 at the Memorial Chapel on Wake Island
Island

On September 16, 1967, at 10:40 pm local time, the eye of Super Typhoon Sarah passed over the island. Sustained winds in the eyewall were 130 knots (241 km/h), from the north before the eye, and from the south afterward. All non-reinforced structures were demolished. There were no serious injuries, and the majority of the civilian population was evacuated after the storm.

On August 28, 2006, the United States Air Force
United States Air Force
evacuated all 188 residents and suspended all operations as category 5 Super Typhoon Ioke headed toward Wake. By August 31, the southwestern eyewall of the storm passed over the island, with winds well over 185 miles per hour (298 km/h), driving a 20 ft (6 m) storm surge and waves directly into the lagoon inflicting major damage. A U.S. Air Force assessment and repair team returned to the island in September 2006 and restored limited function to the airfield and facilities leading ultimately to a full return to normal operations.

PREHISTORY

ENEN-KIO

Indigenous Marshallese oral tradition suggests that before European exploration, nearby Marshall Islanders traveled to what is now Wake Island, which the travelers called Enen-kio (Marshallese new orthography: Ānen-kio, ) after a small orange shrub-flower said to have been found on the atoll. Palm trees at Wake Island's lagoon

In the ancient Marshallese religion, rituals surrounding the tattooing of tribal chiefs , called Iroijlaplap , were done using fresh human bones, which required a human sacrifice . A man could save himself from being sacrificed if he obtained a wing bone from a very large seabird said to have existed on Enen-kio. Small groups would brave traveling to the atoll in hopes of obtaining this bone, saving the life of the potential human sacrifice. No archaeological evidence has been found to suggest that there was ever a permanent or temporary settlement by Marshall Islanders on Wake Island.

HISTORY

EARLY EUROPEAN CONTACT

Wake Island
Island
was first encountered by Europeans on October 2, 1568 by Spanish explorer and navigator Álvaro de Mendaña de Neyra . In 1567, Mendaña and his crew had set off on two ships, Los Reyes and Todos los Santos, from Callao
Callao
, Peru
Peru
on an expedition to search for a gold-rich land in the South Pacific as mentioned in Inca tradition. After visiting Tuvalu
Tuvalu
and the Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
, the expedition headed north and came upon Wake Island, "a low barren island, judged to be eight leagues in circumference". Since the date, October 2, 1568, was the eve of the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi
Francis of Assisi
, the captain named the island San Francisco. The ships were in need of water and the crew was suffering from scurvy but after circling the island, it was determined that Wake was water-less and had "not a cocoanut nor a pandanus " and in fact, "there was nothing on it but sea-birds , and sandy places covered with bushes."

In 1796, Captain Samuel Wake of the British merchantman Prince William Henry also came upon Wake Island, naming the atoll for himself. Soon thereafter the 80 ton British fur trading merchant brig Halcyon arrived at Wake and Master Charles William Barkley , unaware of Captain Wake's earlier and other prior European contact, named the atoll Halcyon Island
Island
in honor of his ship.

In 1823, Captain Edward Gardner , while in command of the British Royal Navy\'s whaling ship H.M.S. Bellona, visited an island at 19°15′00″N 166°32′00″E / 19.25000°N 166.53333°E / 19.25000; 166.53333 , which he judged to be 20–25 miles (32–40 kilometers) long. The island was "covered with wood, having a very green and rural appearance". This report is considered to be another sighting of Wake Island.

UNITED STATES EXPLORING EXPEDITION

Lieutenant Charles Wilkes , U.S.N., commander of the U.S. Navy\'s United States Exploring Expedition
United States Exploring Expedition
, 1838–1842

On December 20, 1841, the United States Exploring Expedition
United States Exploring Expedition
, commanded by Lieutenant Charles Wilkes , U.S.N., arrived at Wake on the USS Vincennes and sent several boats to survey the island. Wilkes described the atoll as "a low coral one, of triangular form and eight feet above the surface. It has a large lagoon in the centre, which was well filled with fish of a variety of species among these were some fine mullet ." He also noted that Wake had no fresh water but was covered with shrubs, "the most abundant of which was the tournefortia ." The expedition's naturalist , Titian Peale , noted that "the only remarkable part in the formation of this island is the enormous blocks of coral which have been thrown up by the violence of the sea." Peale collected an egg from a short-tailed albatross and added other specimens, including a Polynesian rat , to the natural history collections of the expedition. Wilkes also reported that "from appearances, the island must be at times submerged, or the sea makes a complete breach over it."

THE WRECK AND SALVAGE OF THE LIBELLE

Wake Island
Island
first received international attention with the wreck of the barque Libelle . On the night of March 4, 1866, the 650-ton iron-hulled Libelle, of Bremen
Bremen
, Germany
Germany
, struck the eastern reef of Wake Island
Island
during a gale. Commanded by Captain Anton Tobias, the ship was en route from San Francisco
San Francisco
to Hong Kong
Hong Kong
. After three days of searching and digging on the island for water the crew was able to recover a 200-gallon water tank from the wrecked ship. After three weeks with a dwindling water supply and no sign of rescue, the passengers and crew decided to leave Wake and attempt to sail to Guam (the center of the then Spanish colony of the Mariana Islands
Mariana Islands
) on the two remaining boats from the Libelle. The 22 passengers and some of the crew sailed in the 22 foot longboat under the command of the first mate Rudolf Kausch and the remainder of the crew sailed with Captain Tobias in the 20 foot gig . On April 8, 1866, after thirteen days of frequent squalls , short rations, and tropical sun, the longboat reached Guam. Unfortunately, the gig, commanded by the captain, was lost at sea.

The Spanish Governor of the Mariana Islands
Mariana Islands
, Francisco Moscoso y Lara, welcomed and provided aid to the Libelle shipwreck survivors on Guam. He also ordered the schooner Ana, owned and commanded by his son-in-law George H. Johnston, to be dispatched with the first mate Kausch to search for the missing gig and then sail on to Wake Island to confirm the shipwreck story and recover the buried treasure . The Ana departed Guam
Guam
on April 10 and, after two days at Wake Island, found and salvaged the buried coins and precious stones as well as a small quantity of the quicksilver.

THE WRECK OF THE DASHING WAVE

On July 29, 1870, the British tea clipper Dashing Wave, under the command of Captain Henry Vandervord, sailed out of Foochoo, China
China
en route to Sydney
Sydney
, Australia. On August 31, "the weather was very thick, and it was blowing a heavy gale from the eastward, attended with violent squalls , and a tremendous sea." At 10:30 p.m. breakers were seen and the ship struck the reef at Wake Island. Overnight the vessel began to break up and at 10:00 a.m. the crew succeeded in launching the longboat over the lee side . In the chaos of the evacuation, the captain secured a chart and nautical instruments, but no compass . The crew loaded a case of wine , some bread and two buckets , but no drinking water. Since Wake Island
Island
appeared to have neither food nor water, the captain and his twelve-man crew quickly departed, crafting a makeshift sail by attaching a blanket to an oar . With no water, each man was allotted a glass of wine per day until a heavy rain shower came on the sixth day. After thirty one days of hardship, drifting westward in the longboat, they reached Kosrae (Strong\'s Island) in the Caroline Islands . Captain Vandervord attributed the loss of the Dashing Wave to the erroneous manner in which Wake Island
Island
"is laid down in the charts. It is very low, and not easily seen even on a clear night."

AMERICAN POSSESSION

With the annexation of Hawaii
Hawaii
in 1898 and the seizing of Guam
Guam
and the Philippines
Philippines
during the Spanish–American War
Spanish–American War
in the same year, the United States
United States
began to consider unclaimed and uninhabited Wake Island, located approximately halfway between Honolulu
Honolulu
and Manila
Manila
, as a good location for a telegraph cable station and a coaling station for refueling warships of the rapidly expanding United States Navy
United States Navy
and passing merchant and passenger steamships. On July 4, 1898, United States Army Brigadier General Francis V. Greene of the 2nd Brigade, Philippine Expeditionary Force , of the Eighth Army Corps, stopped at Wake Island
Island
and raised the American flag while en route to the Philippines
Philippines
on the steamship liner, S.S. China. Commander
Commander
Edward D. Taussig of the USS Bennington takes formal possession of Wake Island
Island
for the United States
United States
with the raising of the flag and a 21-gun salute on January 17, 1899.

On January 17, 1899, under orders from President William McKinley , Commander
Commander
Edward D. Taussig of the USS Bennington landed on Wake and formally took possession of the island for the United States. After a 21-gun salute , the flag was raised and a brass plate was affixed to the flagstaff with the following inscription: United States
United States
of America William McKinley, President; John D. Long, Secretary of the Navy. Commander
Commander
Edward D. Taussig, U.S.N., Commander
Commander
U.S.S. Bennington, this 17th day of January, 1899, took possession of the Atoll
Atoll
known as Wake Island
Island
for the United States
United States
of America.

Although the proposed route for the submarine cable would be shorter by 137 miles, Midway , and not Wake Island, was chosen as the location for the telegraph cable station between Honolulu
Honolulu
and Guam
Guam
. Rear Admiral Royal Bird Bradford, chief of the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Equipment, stated before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce on January 17, 1902 that "Wake Island
Island
seems at times to be swept by the sea. It is only a few feet above the level of the ocean, and if a cable station were established there very expensive works would be required; besides it has no harbor, while the Midway Islands are perfectly habitable and have a fair harbor for vessels of eighteen feet draught."

On June 23, 1902, the USAT Buford , commanded by Captain Alfred Croskey and bound for Manila
Manila
, spotted a ship's boat on the beach as it passed closely by Wake Island. Soon thereafter the boat was launched by Japanese on the island and sailed out to meet the transport. The Japanese told Captain Croskey that they had been put on the island by a schooner from Yokohama
Yokohama
in Japan
Japan
and that they were gathering guano and drying fish . The captain suspected that they were also engaged in pearl hunting . The Japanese revealed that one of their parties needed medical attention and the captain determined from their descriptions of the symptoms that the illness was most likely beriberi . They informed Captain Croskey that they did not need any provisions or water and that they were expecting the Japanese schooner to return in a month or so. The Japanese men declined the offer to be taken on the transport to Manila
Manila
and they were given some medical supplies for the sick man, some tobacco , and a few incidentals.

After the USAT Buford reached Manila, Captain Croskey reported on the presence of Japanese at Wake Island. He also learned that the USAT Sheridan had a similar encounter at Wake with the Japanese men. The incident was brought to the attention of Assistant Secretary of the Navy Charles Darling who at once informed the State Department and suggested that an explanation from the Japanese Government was needed. In August 1902, Japanese Minister Takahira Kogorō provided a diplomatic note stating that the Japanese Government had "No claim whatever to make on the sovereignty of the island, but that if any subjects are found on the island the Imperial Government expects that they should be properly protected as long as they are engaged in peaceful occupations."

Wake Island
Island
was now clearly a territory of the United States
United States
but during this period the island was only occasionally visited by passing American ships. One notable visit occurred in December 1906, when U.S. Army General John J. Pershing , later famous as the commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in western Europe
Europe
during World War I
World War I
, stopped at Wake on the USAT Thomas and hoisted a 45-star U.S. flag that was improvised out of sail canvas .

FEATHER POACHING

Members of the Tanager Expedition explore an abandoned feather poaching camp on Peale Island.

With limited fresh water resources, no harbor and no plans for development, Wake Island
Island
remained a remote uninhabited Pacific island in the early twentieth century. It did, however, have a large seabird population which attracted Japanese feather poachers . The global demand for feathers and plumage was driven by the millinery industry and popular European fashion designs for hats while other demand came from pillow and bedspread manufacturers. Japanese poachers set up camps to harvest feathers on many remote islands in the Central Pacific. The feather trade was primarily focused on Laysan albatross , black-footed albatross , masked booby , lesser frigatebird , greater frigatebird , sooty tern and various other species of tern. On February 6, 1904, Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans arrived at Wake Island on the USS Adams and observed Japanese collecting feathers and catching sharks for their fins. Abandoned feather poaching camps were seen by crew from the submarine tender USS Beaver in 1922 and the USS Tanager in 1923. Although feather collecting and plumage exploitation had been outlawed in the territorial United States, there is no record of any enforcement actions at Wake Island.

JAPANESE CASTAWAYS

In January 1908 the Japanese ship Toyoshima Maru, en route from Tateyama , Japan
Japan
to the South Pacific , encountered a heavy storm that disabled the ship and swept the captain and five of the crew overboard. The thirty-six remaining crew members managed to make landfall on Wake Island
Island
where they faced five months of great hardship, disease, and starvation . In May 1908, the Brazilian Navy training ship Benjamin Constant, while on a voyage around the world, passed by the island and spotted a tattered red distress flag . Unable to land a boat, the crew of the Benjamin Constant executed a challenging three-day rescue operation using rope and cable in order to bring on board the twenty survivors and transport them to Yokohama .

USS BEAVER STRATEGIC SURVEY

In his 1921 book Sea-Power in the Pacific: A Study of the American-Japanese Naval Problem, Hector C. Bywater recommended establishing a well-defended fueling station at Wake Island
Island
in order to provide coal and oil for United States Navy
United States Navy
ships engaged in future operations against Japan
Japan
. On June 19, 1922, the submarine tender USS Beaver landed an investigating party to determine the practicality and feasibility of an established naval fueling station on Wake Island. Lieutenant Commander
Commander
Sherwood Picking reported that from "a strategic point of view, Wake Island
Island
could not be better located, dividing as it does with Midway, the passage from Honolulu
Honolulu
to Guam
Guam
into almost exact thirds." He observed that the boat channel was choked with coral heads and that the lagoon was very shallow and not over fifteen feet in depth and therefore Wake would not be able to serve as a base for surface vessels. Picking suggested clearing the channel to the lagoon for "loaded motor sailing launches" so that parties on shore can receive supplies from passing ships and he strongly recommended that Wake is used as a base for aircraft. Picking stated that "If the long heralded trans-Pacific flight ever takes place, Wake Island
Island
should certainly be occupied and used as an intermediate resting and fueling port."

TANAGER EXPEDITION

Tanager Expedition tent camp in 1923 at Wake Island, established on the eastern end of Wilkes Island
Island

In 1923, a joint expedition by the then Bureau of the Biological Survey (in the U.S. Department of Agriculture ), the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum
Bishop Museum
and the United States Navy
United States Navy
was organized to conduct a thorough biological reconnaissance of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands , then administered by the Biological Survey Bureau as the Hawaiian Islands Bird Reservation . On February 1, 1923, Secretary of Agriculture Henry C. Wallace contacted Secretary of Navy Edwin Denby to request Navy participation and to recommended expanding the expedition to Johnston , Midway , and Wake, all islands not administered by the Department of Agriculture. On July 27, 1923, the USS Tanager , a World War I
World War I
minesweeper , brought the Tanager Expedition to Wake Island
Island
under the leadership of ornithologist Alexander Wetmore and a tent camp was established on the eastern end of Wilkes. From July 27 to August 5 the expedition charted the atoll , made extensive zoological and botanical observations and gathered specimens for the Bishop Museum
Bishop Museum
while the naval vessel under the command of Lieutenant Commander
Commander
Samuel Wilder King conducted a sounding survey offshore. Other achievements at Wake included examinations of three abandoned Japanese feather poaching camps, scientific observations of the now extinct Wake Island
Island
rail and confirmation that Wake Island
Island
is an atoll , with a group comprising three islands with a central lagoon . Wetmore named the southwest island for Charles Wilkes who had led the original pioneering United States Exploring Expedition to Wake in 1841. The northwest island was named for Titian Peale , the chief naturalist of that 1841 expedition.

PAN AMERICAN AIRWAYS AND THE U.S. NAVY

Juan Trippe , president of the world's then largest airline , Pan American Airways (PAA), wanted to expand globally by offering passenger air service between the United States
United States
and China
China
. To cross the Pacific Ocean his planes would need to island-hop, stopping at various points for refueling and maintenance. He first tried to plot the route on his globe but it showed only open sea between Midway and Guam
Guam
. Next, he went to the New York Public Library to study 19th-century clipper ship logs and charts and he "discovered" a little-known coral atoll named Wake Island. To proceed with his plans at Wake and Midway, Trippe would need to be granted access to each island and approval to construct and operate facilities, however, the islands were not under the jurisdiction of any specific U.S. Government entity.

Meanwhile, U.S. Navy military planners and the State Department were increasingly alarmed by the Empire of Japan\'s expansionist attitude and growing belligerence in the Western Pacific . Following World War I , the Council of the League of Nations had granted the South Pacific Mandate ("Nanyo") to Japan
Japan
(who had joined the Allied Powers in the First World War
First World War
) which included the already Japanese-held Micronesia islands north of the equator that were part of the former colony of German New Guinea of the German Empire
German Empire
, these include the modern nation/states of Palau
Palau
, Federated States of Micronesia
Micronesia
, Northern Mariana Islands
Mariana Islands
, Marshall Islands . In the 1920s and 1930s, Japan restricted access to its mandated territory and began to develop harbors and airfields throughout Micronesia
Micronesia
in defiance of the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 which prohibited both the United States and Japan
Japan
from expanding military fortifications in the Pacific islands. Now with Trippe's planned Pan American Airways aviation route passing through Wake and Midway, the U.S. Navy and the State Department saw an opportunity to project American air power across the Pacific under the guise of a commercial aviation enterprise. On October 3, 1934, Trippe wrote to the Secretary of the Navy , requesting a five-year lease on Wake Island
Island
with an option for four renewals. Given the potential military value of PAA's base development, on November 13, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral William H. Standley ordered a survey of Wake by the USS Nitro and on December 29, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 6935 which placed Wake Island, and also Johnston , Sand Island
Island
at Midway and Kingman Reef
Reef
, under the control of the Department of the Navy. In an attempt to disguise the Navy's military intentions, Rear Admiral Harry E. Yarnell then designated Wake Island
Island
as a bird sanctuary.

The USS Nitro arrived at Wake Island
Island
on March 8, 1935, and conducted a two-day ground, marine and aerial survey, providing the Navy with strategic observations and complete photographic coverage of the atoll . Four days later on March 12, 1935, Secretary of the Navy Claude A. Swanson formally granted Pan American Airways permission to construct facilities at Wake Island.

PAN AMERICAN AIRWAYS BASE FOR THE "FLYING CLIPPERS"

Pan American Airways (PAA) construction workers lighter building materials from the SS North Haven to the dock at Wilkes Island, Wake Atoll.

To construct bases in the Pacific, Pan American Airways (PAA) chartered the 6,700 ton freighter SS North Haven which arrived at Wake Island
Island
on May 9, 1935 with construction workers and the necessary materials and equipment to start to build Pan American facilities and to clear the lagoon for a flying boat landing area. The atoll's encircling coral reef prevented the ship from entering and anchoring in the shallow lagoon itself. The only suitable location for ferrying supplies and workers ashore was at nearby Wilkes Island; however, the chief engineer of the expedition, Charles R. Russell, determined that Wilkes was too low and at times flooded and that Peale Island
Island
was the best site for the Pan American facilities. To offload the ship, cargo was lightered (barged) from ship to shore, carried across Wilkes and then transferred to another barge and towed across the lagoon to Peale Island. By inspiration, someone had earlier loaded railroad track rails onto the North Haven so the men built a narrow-gauge railway to make it easier to haul the supplies across Wilkes to the lagoon. On June 12, the North Haven departed for Guam
Guam
, leaving behind various PAA technicians and a construction crew.

Out in the middle of the lagoon, Bill Mullahey, a swimmer from Columbia University
Columbia University
, was tasked with blasting hundreds of coral heads from a one-mile long, three-hundred-yards wide and six-foot deep landing area for the flying boats.

On August 17, 1935, the first aircraft landing at Wake Island occurred when a PAA flying boat, on a survey flight of the route between Midway and Wake, landed in the lagoon.

The second expedition of the SS North Haven arrived at Wake Island
Island
on February 5, 1936, to complete the construction of the PAA facilities. A five-ton diesel locomotive for the Wilkes Island
Island
Railroad
Railroad
was offloaded and the railway track was extended to run from dock to dock. Across the lagoon on Peale, workers assembled the Pan American Hotel, a prefabricated structure with 48 rooms and wide porches and verandas . The hotel consisted of two wings built out from a central lobby with each room having a bathroom with a hot-water shower . The PAA facilities staff included a group of Chamorro men from Guam
Guam
who were employed as kitchen helpers, hotel service attendants and laborers. The village on Peale was nicknamed "PAAville" and was the first "permanent" human settlement on Wake. Aerial view of Pan American Airways Hotel and facilities on Peale Island
Island
at Wake Atoll. The hotel is on the left, the anchor from the Libelle shipwreck and the pergola leading to the "Clipper" seaplane dock is on the right.

By October 1936, Pan American Airways was ready to transport passengers across the Pacific on its small fleet of three Martin M-130 "Flying Clippers". On October 11, the China
China
Clipper
Clipper
landed at Wake on a press flight with ten journalists on board. A week later, on October 18, PAA President Juan Trippe and a group of VIP passengers arrived at Wake on the Philippine Clipper
Clipper
(NC14715). On October 25, the Hawaii Clipper
Clipper
(NC14714) landed at Wake with the first paying airline passengers ever to cross the Pacific. In 1937, Wake Island
Island
became a regular stop for PAA's international trans-Pacific passenger and airmail service with two scheduled flights per week, one westbound from Midway and one eastbound from Guam.

Wake Island
Island
is credited as being one of the early successes of hydroponics , which enabled Pan American Airways to grow vegetables for its passengers, as it was very expensive to airlift in fresh vegetables and the island lacked natural soil. PAAville remained in operation up to the day of the first Japanese air raid in December 1941, forcing the U.S. into World War II
World War II
(see below).

MILITARY BUILDUP

On February 14, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8682 to create naval defenses areas in the central Pacific territories. The proclamation established "Wake Island
Island
Naval Defensive Sea Area" which encompassed the territorial waters between the extreme high-water marks and the three-mile marine boundaries surrounding Wake. "Wake Island
Island
Naval Airspace Reservation" was also established to restrict access to the airspace over the naval defense sea area. Only U.S. government ships and aircraft were permitted to enter the naval defense areas at Wake Island
Island
unless authorized by the Secretary of the Navy .

Just earlier in January 1941, the United States Navy
United States Navy
began construction of a military base on the atoll. On August 19, the first permanent military garrison, elements of the U.S. Marine Corps\' First Marine Defense Battalion , totaling 449 officers and men, were stationed on the island, commanded by Navy Commander
Commander
Winfield Scott Cunningham . Also on the island were 68 U.S. Naval personnel and about 1,221 civilian workers from the American firm Morrison-Knudsen Corporation.

WORLD WAR II

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Battle Of Wake Island

Main article: Battle of Wake Island

On December 8, 1941, the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor (December 7 in Hawaii, which is on the other side of the International Date Line ), at least 27 Japanese Mitsubishi G3M "Nell" medium bombers flown from bases on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands attacked Wake Island, destroying eight of the 12 Grumman F4F Wildcat fighter aircraft belonging to United States Marine Corps
United States Marine Corps
Fighter Squadron 211 (VMF-211 ) on the ground. The Marine garrison's defensive emplacements were left intact by the raid, which primarily targeted the aircraft.

The garrison – supplemented by civilian construction workers employed by Morrison-Knudsen
Morrison-Knudsen
Corporation – repelled several Japanese landing attempts. An American journalist reported that after the initial Japanese amphibious assault was beaten back with heavy losses on December 11, the American commander was asked by his superiors if he needed anything. Popular legend has it that commander James Devereux sent back the message, "Send us more Japs!" – a reply which became famous. After the war, when Major James Devereux , USMC learned that he had been credited with sending that message he pointed out that he had not been the commander on Wake Island
Island
and denied sending the message. "As far as I know, it wasn't sent at all. None of us was that much of a damn fool. We already had more Japs than we could handle." In reality, Commander
Commander
Winfield S. Cunningham , USN was in charge of Wake Island, not Devereux. Cunningham ordered that coded messages be sent during operations, and a junior officer had added: "send us" and "more Japs" to the beginning and end of a message to confuse Japanese code breakers . This was put together at Pearl Harbor and passed on as part of the message.

The U.S. Navy attempted to provide support from Hawaii
Hawaii
but had suffered great losses at Pearl Harbor. The relief fleet they managed to organize was delayed by bad weather. The isolated U.S. garrison was overwhelmed by a reinforced and greatly superior Japanese invasion force on December 23. American casualties numbered 52 military personnel (Navy and Marine) and approximately 70 civilians killed. Japanese losses exceeded 700 dead, with some estimates ranging as high as 1,000. Wake's defenders sank two Japanese destroyers and one submarine and shot down 24 Japanese aircraft. The relief fleet, en route, on hearing of the island's loss, turned back.

In the aftermath of the battle, most of the captured civilians and military personnel were sent to POW
POW
camps in Asia
Asia
, though some of the civilian laborers were enslaved by the Japanese and tasked with improving the island's defenses.

Japanese Occupation And Surrender

The formal surrender of the Japanese garrison on Wake Island, September 7, 1945. Island
Island
commander Admiral Shigematsu Sakaibara is the Japanese officer in the right-foreground.

The island's Japanese garrison was composed of the IJN 65th Guard Unit (2,000 men), Japan
Japan
Navy Captain Shigematsu Sakaibara and the IJA units which became 13th Independent Mixed Regiment (1,939 men) under command of Colonel Shigeji Chikamori. The Japanese-occupied island (called by them Otori-Shima (大鳥島) or "Big Bird Island" for its birdlike shape) was bombed several times by American aircraft; one of these raids was the first mission for future United States
United States
President George H. W. Bush . U.S. Civilian POWs Memorial

After a successful American air raid on October 5, 1943, Sakaibara ordered the execution of all of the 98 captured Americans who remained on the island. They were taken to the northern end of the island, blindfolded, and machine-gunned. One prisoner escaped, carving the message "98 US PW 5-10-43" on a large coral rock near where the victims had been hastily buried in a mass grave. This unknown American was soon recaptured and beheaded. Sakaibara and his subordinate, Lieutenant Commander
Commander
Tachibana, were later sentenced to death after conviction for this and other war crimes. Tachibana's sentence was later commuted to life in prison. Shigematsu Sakaibara was executed on June 18, 1947, on Guam. The remains of the murdered civilians were exhumed and reburied at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in section G.

On September 4, 1945, the Japanese garrison surrendered to a detachment of United States
United States
Marines under the command of Brigadier-general Lawson H. M. Sanderson .

POST-WORLD WAR II MILITARY AND COMMERCIAL AIRFIELD

The original Drifter's Reef
Reef
bar , built near the harbor area at Wake Island, opened its doors to aircrews , visitors and other "drifters " on November 8, 1949.

With the end of hostilities with Japan
Japan
and the increase in international air travel driven in part by wartime advances in aeronautics , Wake Island
Island
became a critical mid-Pacific base for the servicing and refueling of military and commercial aircraft . The United States Navy
United States Navy
resumed control of the island and in October 1945, 400 Seabees from the 85th Naval Construction Battalion arrived at Wake to clear the island of the effects of the war and to build basic facilities for a Naval Air Base . The air base was completed in March 1946 and on September 24, 1946, regular commercial passenger service was resumed by Pan American Airways (Pan Am ). The era of the flying boats was nearly over so Pan Am switched to longer range, faster and more profitable airplanes that could land on Wake's new coral runway . Other airlines that established transpacific routes through Wake included British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), Philippine Airlines and Transocean Airlines . Due to the substantial increase in the number of commercial flights, on July 1, 1947, the Navy transferred administration, operations, and maintenance of the facilities at Wake to the Civil Aeronautics
Aeronautics
Administration (CAA). In 1949, the CAA upgraded the runway by paving over the coral surface and extending its length to 7,000 feet.

KOREAN WAR

President Harry S. Truman awards the Distinguished Service Medal , Fourth Oak Leaf Cluster, to General Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur
during the Wake Island
Island
Conference .

In June 1950, the Korean War
Korean War
began with the United States
United States
leading United Nations
United Nations
forces against North Korea
North Korea
. In July, the Korean Airlift was started and the Military Air Transport Service
Military Air Transport Service
(MATS) used the airfield and facilities at Wake Island
Island
as a key mid-Pacific refueling stop for its mission of transporting men and supplies to the Korean front. By September 1950, 120 military aircraft were landing at Wake per day. On October 15, 1950, U.S. President Harry S. Truman and General Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur
met at the Wake Island
Island
Conference to discuss progress and war strategy for the Korean Peninsula . They chose to meet at Wake Island
Island
because of its close proximity to Korea
Korea
so that General MacArthur would not have to be away from the troops in the field for long. During 1953, the last year of the war, more than 85 percent of the air traffic through Wake was military aircraft or civilian contract carriers supporting the Korean war effort.

TANKER SHIPWRECK AND OIL SPILL

On September 6, 1967, Standard Oil
Oil
of California
California
's 18,000-ton tanker, SS R. C. Stoner was driven onto the reef at Wake Island
Island
by a strong southwesterly wind after the ship failed to moor to the two buoys near the harbor entrance. An estimated 6 million gallons of refined fuel oil , including 5.7 million gallons of aviation fuel , 168,000 gallons of diesel oil and 138,600 gallons of bunker C fuel spilled into the small boat harbor and along the southwestern coast of Wake Island
Island
to Peacock Point. Large numbers of fish were stranded and killed by the oil spill, and personnel from the FAA and crewman from the ship cleared the area closest to the spill of dead fish. The U.S. Navy salvage team Harbor Clearance Unit Two and Pacific Fleet Salvage Officer, Commander
Commander
John B. Orem flew to Wake to assess the situation and by September 13, Navy tugs USS Mataco and USS Wandank , salvage ships USS Conserver and USS Grapple , tanker USS Noxubee , and USCGC Mallow , arrived from Honolulu
Honolulu
, Guam
Guam
and Subic Bay in the Philippines , to assist in the cleanup and removal of the vessel. At the boat harbor, the salvage team pumped and skimmed oil which they burned each evening in nearby pits. Recovery by the Navy salvage team of the R. C. Stoner and its remaining cargo, however, was hampered by strong winds and heavy seas. On September 16, Super Typhoon Sarah made landfall on Wake Island
Island
at peak intensity with winds up to 145-knots , causing widespread damage. The intensity of the storm had the beneficial effect of greatly accelerating the cleanup effort by clearing the harbor and scouring the coast. Oil
Oil
did remain, however, embedded in the reef's flat crevices and impregnated in the coral. The storm also had broken the wrecked vessel into three sections and, although delayed by rough seas and harassment by blacktip reef sharks , the salvage team used explosives to flatten and sink the remaining portions of the ship that were still above water.

COMMERCIAL AVIATION ENDS AND THE U.S. AIR FORCE ASSUMES CONTROL

In the early 1970s, higher-efficiency jet aircraft with longer-range capabilities lessened the use of Wake Island Airfield as a refueling stop and the number of commercial flights landing at Wake declined sharply. Pan Am had replaced many of their Boeing 707s with more efficient 747s thus eliminating the need to continue weekly stops at Wake Island. Other airlines began to eliminate their scheduled flights into Wake. In June 1972, the last scheduled Pan Am passenger flight landed at Wake and in July, Pan Am's last cargo flight departed the island, marking the end of the heyday of Wake Island's commercial aviation history. During this same time period, the U.S. military had transitioned to longer-range C-5A and C-141 aircraft leaving the C-130 as the only aircraft that would continue to regularly use the island's airfield. The steady decrease in air traffic control activities at Wake Island
Island
was apparent and was expected to continue into the future.

On June 24, 1972, responsibility for the civil administration of Wake Island
Island
was transferred from the FAA to the United States
United States
Air Force under an agreement between the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of the Air Force. In July 1972, the FAA turned over administration of the island to the Military Airlift Command (MAC), although legal ownership stayed with the Department of the Interior and the FAA continued to maintain the air navigation facilities and provide air traffic control services. On December 27, 1972, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force (CSAF) John D. Ryan directed MAC to phase out en route support activity at Wake Island
Island
effective June 30, 1973. On July 1, 1973, all FAA activities ended and the U.S. Air Force under Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), Detachment 4, 15th Air Base Wing assumed control of Wake Island.

In 1973, Wake Island
Island
was selected as a launch site for the testing of defensive systems against intercontinental ballistic missiles under the U.S. Army's Project Have Mill. Air Force personnel on Wake and the Air Force Systems Command (AFSC) Space and Missile Systems Organization (SAMSO) provided support to the Army's Advanced Ballistic Missile Defense Agency (ABMDA). A missile launch complex was activated on Wake and, from February 13 to June 22, 1974, seven Athena H missiles were launched from the island to the Roi-Namur Test Range at Kwajalein Atoll
Atoll
.

VIETNAM WAR REFUGEES AND OPERATION NEW LIFE

Vietnamese refugees on Wake Island
Island
await resettlement processing by U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service personnel in May 1975

In the spring of 1975, the population on Wake Island
Island
consisted of 251 military, government and civilian contract personnel whose primary mission was to maintain the airfield as a Mid-Pacific emergency runway. With the imminent fall of Saigon to North Vietnamese forces , President Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford
ordered American forces to support Operation New Life , the evacuation of refugees from Vietnam
Vietnam
. The original plans included Subic Bay and Guam
Guam
as refugee processing centers but due to the high number of Vietnamese seeking evacuation, Wake Island
Island
was selected as an additional location. In March 1975, Island
Island
Commander Major Bruce R. Hoon was contacted by Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and ordered to prepare Wake for its new mission as a refugee processing center where Vietnamese evacuees could be medically screened, interviewed and then transported to the United States
United States
or to other resettlement countries. A 60-man civil engineering team was brought in to reopen boarded-up buildings and housing, two complete MASH units arrived to set up field hospitals and three Army field kitchens were deployed. A 60-man Security Police team , processing agents from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and various other administrative and support personnel were also on Wake. Potable water , food, medical supplies, clothing and other supplies were shipped in. On April 26, 1975, the first C-141 military transport aircraft carrying refugees arrived. The airlift to Wake continued at a rate of one C-141 every hour and 45 minutes, each aircraft with 283 refugees on board. At the peak of the mission, 8,700 Vietnamese refugees were on Wake. When the airlift ended on August 2, a total of about 15,000 refugees had been processed through Wake Island
Island
as part of Operation New Life.

BIKINI ISLANDERS RESETTLEMENT

On March 20, 1978, Undersecretary James A. Joseph of the U.S. Department of the Interior reported that radiation levels, from Operation Crossroads and other atomic tests conducted in the 1940s and 1950s on Bikini Atoll
Atoll
, were still too high and those island natives that returned to Bikini would once again have to be relocated. In September 1979, a delegation from the Bikini/Kili Council came to Wake Island
Island
to assess the island's potential as a possible resettlement site. The delegation also traveled to Hawaii
Hawaii
( Molokai
Molokai
and Hilo ), Palmyra Atoll
Atoll
and various atolls in the Marshall Islands including Mili , Knox , Jaluit , Ailinglaplap , Erikub and Likiep but the group agreed that they were only interested in resettlement on Wake Island due to the presence of the U.S. military and the island's proximity to Bikini Atoll. Unfortunately for the Bikini Islanders, the U.S. Department of Defense responded that "any such resettlement is out of the question."

COMMEMORATIVE AND MEMORIAL VISITS

In June 1979, the original Wake Island
Island
fighter aircraft unit now nicknamed the "Wake Island
Island
Avengers", the United States
United States
Marine Corps attack squadron VMA-211 , landed their A-4 fighter jets at Wake. The squadron was en route from Japan
Japan
to the U.S. mainland.

From April 20 to April 23, 1981, a party of 19 Japanese, including 16 former Japanese soldiers who were at Wake during World War II, visited the island to pay their respects for their war dead at the Japanese Shinto Shrine .

Wake Island
Island

U.S. National Register of Historic Places

U.S. National Historic Landmark
National Historic Landmark

The "98 Rock" on Wilkes Island
Island
was carved by a World War II American civilian POW
POW
prior to his execution by Japanese Admiral Shigematsu Sakaibara .

LOCATION Pacific Ocean

NRHP REFERENCE # 85002726

SIGNIFICANT DATES

ADDED TO NRHP September 16, 1985

DESIGNATED NHL September 16, 1985

In the early 1980s, the National Park Service
National Park Service
conducted an evaluation of Wake Island
Island
to determine if the World War II
World War II
(WWII) cultural resources remaining on Wake, Wilkes and Peale were of national historical significance. As a result of this survey, Wake Island
Island
was designated as a National Historic Landmark
National Historic Landmark
(NHL) on September 16, 1985, thus helping to preserve sites and artifacts on the atoll-associated with WWII in the Pacific and the transpacific aviation era prior to the war. As a National Historic Landmark, Wake Island
Island
was also included in the National Register of Historic Places . Passengers and crew of Pan Am's China
China
Clipper
Clipper
II Boeing 747
Boeing 747
pose for a "class picture" at Wake Island
Island
during a 1985 trip across the Pacific to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first China
China
Clipper flight.

On November 3 and 4, 1985, a group of 167 former American prisoners of war (POWs) visited Wake with their wives and children. This was the first such visit by a group of former Wake Island
Island
POWs and their families.

On November 24, 1985, a Pan American Airlines (Pan Am) Boeing 747
Boeing 747
, renamed China
China
Clipper
Clipper
II, came through Wake Island
Island
on a flight across the Pacific to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of Pan American China
China
Clipper
Clipper
Service to the Orient
Orient
. Author James A. Michener and Lars Lindbergh, grandson of aviator Charles Lindbergh , were among the dignitaries on board the aircraft.

On March 12, 1986, the civil administrator of Wake Island, General Counsel of the Air Force Eugene R. Sullivan , proclaimed that March 22nd of each year will be celebrated as "Wake Island
Island
Day" on the atoll.

On December 8, 1991, a commemoration ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Wake Island
Island
was held with General Counsel of the Air Force Ann C. Peterson in attendance. The US. flag on the pole in front of the airfield terminal building hung at half mast for 16 days to commemorate the number of days that the Americans held the island prior to surrendering to the Japanese 2nd Maizuru Special
Special
Naval Landing Force .

MISSILE SYSTEMS TESTING RESUMES AND THE U.S. ARMY TAKES CONTROL

Subsequently, the island has been used for strategic defense and operations during and after the Cold War
Cold War
with Wake Island
Island
serving as a launch platform for military rockets involved in testing anti-missile defense systems and atmospheric re-entry trials. Wake's location allows for a safe launch and trajectory over the unpopulated ocean with open space for intercepts.

In 1987, Wake Island
Island
was selected as a missile launch site for a Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) program named Project Starlab/Starbird. In 1989, the U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command (USASDC) constructed two launch pads on Peacock Point, as well as nearby support facilities, for the eight-ton, sixty-foot, multi-stage Starbird test missiles. The program involved using electro-optical and laser systems, mounted on the Starlab platform in the payload bay of an orbiting space shuttle , to acquire, track and target Starbird missiles launched from Cape Canaveral
Cape Canaveral
and Wake. After being impacted by mission scheduling delays caused by the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger , the program was cancelled in late September 1990 to protect funding for another U.S. Army space-based missile defense program known as Brilliant Pebbles. Although no Starbird missiles were ever launched from Wake Island, the Starbird launch facilities at Wake were modified to support rocket launches for the Brilliant Pebbles program with the first launch occurring on January 29, 1992. On October 16, a 30-foot Castor-Orbus rocket was destroyed by ground controllers seven minutes after its launch from Wake. The program was canceled in 1993.

Missile testing activities continued with the Lightweight Exo-Atmospheric Projectile (LEAP) Test Program, another U.S. Army strategic defense project that included the launching of two Aerojet Super Chief HPB rockets from Wake Island. The first launch, on January 28, 1993, reached apogee at 240 miles (390 kilometers) and was a success. The second launch, on February 11, reached apogee at 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometers) and was a failure.

Due to the U.S. Army's continued use of the atoll for various missile testing programs, on October 1, 1994, the U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command (USASSDC) assumed administrative command of Wake Island
Island
under a caretaker permit from the U.S. Air Force. The USASSDC had been operating on Wake since 1988 when construction of Starbird launch and support facilities was started. Now under U.S Army control, the island, which is located 690 miles (1,110 kilometers) north of Kwajalein Atoll
Atoll
, became a rocket launch site for the Kwajalein Missile Range known as the Wake Island
Island
Launch Center.

In July 1995, various units of the U.S. military established a camp on Wake Island
Island
to provide housing, food, medical care and social activities for Chinese illegal immigrants as part of Operation Prompt Return (also known as Joint Task Force Prompt Return). The Chinese immigrants were discovered on July 3 on board the M/V Jung Sheng Number 8 when the 160-foot-long vessel was interdicted by the U.S. Coast Guard south of Hawaii
Hawaii
. The Jung Sheng had left Canton , China en route to the United States
United States
on June 2 with 147 Chinese illegal immigrants, including 18 "enforcers", and 11 crew on board. On July 29, the Chinese were transported to Wake Island
Island
where they were cared for by U.S. military personnel and on August 7, they were safely repatriated to China
China
by commercial air charter. From October 10 to November 21, 1996, military units assigned to Operation Marathon Pacific used facilities at Wake Island
Island
as a staging area for the repatriation of another group of more than 113 Chinese illegal immigrants who had been interdicted in the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
near Bermuda aboard the human smuggling vessel, the Xing Da.

U.S. AIR FORCE REGAINS CONTROL

On October 1, 2002, administrative control and support of Wake Island was transferred from the U.S. Army to the U.S. Air Force's 15th Wing , an aviation unit of Pacific Air Forces based at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. The 15th Wing had previously been in control of Wake from July 1, 1973 to September 30, 1994. Although the Air Force was once again in control, the Missile Defense Agency would continue to operate the Wake Island
Island
Launch Center and the U.S. Army's Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site would continue to maintain and operate the launch facilities and also provide instrumentation, communications, flight and ground safety, security, and other support.

On January 6, 2009, President George W. Bush issued Executive Order 8836, establishing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument
Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument
to preserve the marine environments around Wake, Baker , Howland , and Jarvis Islands , Johnston Atoll
Atoll
, Kingman Reef
Reef
, and Palmyra Atoll
Atoll
. The proclamation assigned management of the nearby waters and submerged and emergent lands of the islands to the Department of the Interior and management of fishery-related activities in waters beyond 12 nautical miles from the islands' mean low water line to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). On January 16, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne issued Order Number 3284 which stated that the area at Wake Island
Island
assigned to the Department of Interior by Executive Order 8836 will be managed as a National Wildlife Refuge . Management of the emergent lands at Wake Island
Island
by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service , however, will not begin until the existing management agreement between the Secretary of the Air Force and the Secretary of the Interior is terminated. The insignia for Campaign Fierce Sentry (FTO-02 E2), a Missile Defense Agency Integrated Flight Test in 2015, depicts a map of Wake Island
Island
within the head of an eagle .

The 611th Air Support Group (ASG), a U.S. Air Force unit based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska took over control of Wake Island
Island
from the 15th Wing on October 1, 2010. The 611th ASG was already providing support and management to various geographically remote Air Force sites within Alaska
Alaska
and the addition of Wake Island provided the unit with more opportunities for outdoor projects during the winter months when projects in Alaska
Alaska
are very limited. The 611th ASG, a unit of the 11th Air Force , was renamed the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Regional Support Center .

On September 27, 2014, President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
issued Executive Order 9173 to expand the area of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument out to the full 200 nautical miles U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) boundary for each island. By this proclamation, the area of the monument at Wake Island
Island
was increased from 15,085 sq mi (39,069 km2) to 167,336 sq mi (433,398 km2). A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched from a THAAD battery located on Wake Island, during Flight Test Operational (FTO)-02 Event 2a, conducted Nov. 1, 2015.

On November 1, 2015, a complex $230 million U.S. military missile defense system test event, called Campaign Fierce Sentry Flight Test Operational-02 Event 2 (FTO-02 E2), was conducted at Wake Island
Island
and the surrounding ocean areas. The test involved a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system built by Lockheed Martin , two AN/TPY-2 radar systems built by Raytheon , Lockheed's Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communications system, and the USS John Paul Jones guided missile destroyer with its AN/SPY-1 radar. The objective was to test the ability of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and THAAD Weapon Systems to defeat a raid of three near-simultaneous air and missile targets, consisting of one medium-range ballistic missile , one short-range ballistic missile and one cruise missile target. During the test, a THAAD system on Wake Island
Island
detected and destroyed a short-range target simulating a short-range ballistic missile that was launched by a C-17 transport plane . At the same time, the THAAD system and the destroyer both launched missiles to intercept a medium-range ballistic missile, launched by a second C-17.

DEMOGRAPHICS

There are about 100 Air Force personnel and American and Thai contractors living on Wake Island
Island
and access to the island is restricted.

GOVERNMENT

US Air Force Captain Allen Jaime, commander of Wake Island, unveils the new Guam
Guam
Memorial on June 8, 2017. The memorial honors 45 Chamorros from Guam
Guam
who worked for Pan American Airlines and were on the island when the Japanese attacked on December 8, 1941. 10 of the men were killed during the attack and the remaining 35 were sent to prison camps in Japan
Japan
and China.

On June 24, 1972, the United States Air Force
United States Air Force
assumed responsibility for the civil administration of Wake Island
Island
pursuant to an agreement between the Department of the Interior and the Department of the Air Force.

The civil administration authority at Wake Island
Island
has been delegated by the Secretary of the Air Force
Secretary of the Air Force
to the General Counsel of the Air Force in accordance with U.S. federal law known as the Wake Island Code. This position is currently held by acting General Counsel Joseph McDade, Jr. The general counsel provides civil, legal and judicial authority and can appoint one or more judges to serve on the Wake Island
Island
Court and the Wake Island
Island
Court of Appeals.

Certain authorities have been re-delegated by the general counsel to the Commander, Wake Island, a position currently held by Captain Allen Jaime with Detachment 1, Pacific Air Forces Regional Support Center . The commander may issue permits or registrations, appoint peace officers , impose quarantines , issue traffic regulations , commission notaries public , direct evacuations and inspections and carry out other duties, powers, and functions as the agent of the general counsel on Wake.

Since Wake Island
Island
is an active Air Force airfield, the commander is also the senior officer in charge of all activities on the island.

TRANSPORTATION

The VFA-27 Royal Maces, a United States Navy
United States Navy
F/A-18E Super Hornet squadron based in Atsugi , Japan, flies over the "Downtown" area of Wake Island.

AVIATION

Air transportation facilities at Wake are operated by the United States Air Force at Wake Island Airfield in support of trans-Pacific military operations, western Pacific military contingency operations and missile launch activities. The 9,850-foot-long (3,000-meter) runway on Wake is also available to provide services for military and commercial in-flight emergencies. All aircraft operations and servicing activities are directed from base operations, which is manned Tuesday through Saturday 8 am - 4 pm. Aircraft
Aircraft
ramps are available for processing passengers and cargo, and for refueling up to 36 aircraft types, including DC-8 , C-5 , C-130 , and C-17 aircraft. Although there is only one flight scheduled every other week to transport passengers and cargo to Wake, approximately 800 aircraft per year use Wake Island
Island
Airfield.

PORTS

Although Wake Island
Island
is supplied by sea-going barges and ships, the island's only harbor between Wilkes and Wake is too narrow and shallow for sea-going vessels to enter. The Base Operations Support (BOS) contractor maintains three small landing barges for transferring material from ships moored offshore to the dockyard in the harbor. Off-load hydrants are also used to pump gasoline and JP-5 fuels to the storage tanks on Wilkes. The landing barges and recreational offshore sportfishing boats are docked in the marina .

ROADS

Transportation on Wake Island
Island
is provided by bus, contractor, or government-owned vehicles. The primary road is a two-lane paved road extending the length of Wake Island
Island
to the causeway between Wake Island
Island
and Wilkes Island. The causeway was rehabilitated in 2003 and is capable of supporting heavy equipment. A bridge connecting Wake and Peale Islands burned down in December 2002. A combination of paved and coral gravel roads serves the marina area. Paved access to Wilkes Island
Island
ends at the petroleum, oil, and lubricants tank farm, where a road constructed of crushed coral provides access to the western point of Wilkes Island. A portion of the road, near the unfinished WWII submarine channel, is flooded nearly every year by high seas. The launch sites are accessed from the main paved road on Wake Island
Island
by paved and coral roads. Generally, the road network is suitable for low-speed, light-duty use only. Wake Island's paved roadway network has been adequately maintained to move materials, services, and personnel from the airfield on the southern end to the personnel support area on the northern end. Modes of transportation include walking, bicycles, light utility carts, standard automobiles, vans, trucks, and larger trucks and equipment.

TERRITORIAL CLAIM BY THE MARSHALL ISLANDS

Aerial view of Wake Island
Island
Atoll
Atoll

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has claimed Wake Island
Island
which is known by the name Enen-kio. In 1973, Marshallese lawmakers meeting in Saipan at the Congress of Micronesia, the legislative body for the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
, asserted that "Enen-kio is and always has been the property of the people of the Marshall Islands". Their claim was based on oral legends and songs, passed down through generations, describing ancient Marshallese voyages to Wake to gather food and a sacred bird's bone wing used in traditional tattooing ceremonies. In 1990, legislation in the U.S. Congress proposed including Wake Island
Island
within the boundaries of the U.S. territory of Guam
Guam
. In response, Marshallese President Amata Kabua reasserted his nation's claim to Wake, declaring that Enen-kio was a site of great importance to the traditional chiefly rituals of the Marshall Islands.

The self-declared Kingdom of EnenKio has also claimed Wake Island
Island
as a separate sovereign nation and has issued passports. The Kingdom of EnenKio is not recognized in any international forum as a sovereign state, nor does any internationally recognized state recognize it. The Kingdom of EnenKio is characterized as a scam by anti-fraud website Quatloos! . In 2000, Robert Moore, who claimed to be the head of state, was prevented by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from fraudulently issuing bonds for the non-existent nation. On April 23, 1998, the Marshall Islands government notified all countries with which it has diplomatic ties that the claims of the Kingdom of EnenKio are fraudulent.

POPULAR CULTURE REFERENCES

* J.G. Ballard 's short story My Dream of Flying to Wake Island. * Wake Island
Island
is a recurring map in the Battlefield first-person shooter series. It appears in Battlefield 1942 , Battlefield 2
Battlefield 2
, Battlefield 2142 , Battlefield Heroes
Battlefield Heroes
, Battlefield 1943 , and Battlefield 3 as a principal game map. * It appears in the video game War Thunder . * The 1942 Hollywood movie, Wake Island
Island
, starring Brian Donlevy , Robert Preston , and Macdonald Carey , tells the story of the U.S. fight to hold the island from the invading Japanese in December 1941. * It has been made into a 'Workshop' map in the game Company of Heroes 2 , this is playable online and in skirmish mode. * ARMA 3: Battle Royale added this map as well. * In the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction
, Bruce Willis 's grandfather was one of Wake Island's defenders in 1941, managing to smuggle his wristwatch out to his son before the island fell to the Japanese. The story is recounted to Willis' character, Butch Coolidge, by Captain Koons, played by Christopher Walken .

SEE ALSO

* Geography portal * Oceania
Oceania
portal * Micronesia
Micronesia
portal * United States
United States
Territories portal * NRHP portal

* Battle of Wake Island * Wake Island Airfield * Wake Island
Island
Conference

NOTES

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Nebraska
Press, 2002 * ^ Bryan, E.H., Jr. (May 15, 1959). "Notes on the geography and natural history of Wake Island" (PDF). Atoll
Atoll
Research Bulletin No. 66. Washington, D.C. : The Pacific Science Board – United States National Research Council – United States
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National Academy of Sciences . OCLC 77749310 . Retrieved August 13, 2017. * ^ "Rainfall/ Precipitation
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Island
(Wake Island National Historic Landmark)", National Park Service, HALS No. UM-1, May 2011, Washington, DC, pg. 5 * ^ Sharp, Andrew The discovery of the Pacific Islands Oxford, 1960, p.47. * ^ Brand, Donald D. The Pacific Basin: A History of its Geographical Explorations The American Geographical Society, New York, 1967, p.133. * ^ Kelly, Celsus, O.F.M. La Austrialia del Espiritu Santo. The Journal of Fray Martín de Munilla O.F.M. and other documents relating to the Voyage of Pedro Fernández de Quirós to the South Sea (1605–1606) and the Franciscan Missionary Plan (1617–1627) Cambridge, 1966, p.110. * ^ "Wake Island". Janeresture.com. Retrieved December 10, 2011. * ^ "Reynold\'s Report to the House of Representatives". Mysite.du.edu. Retrieved December 10, 2011. * ^ Narrative of the United States
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Barque
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Honolulu
Star, August 26, 1902, pg. 6 * ^ The Marcus Island
Island
Case, The New York Times, August 20, 1902 * ^ "Marines Set To Oust Japs From Wake", The Binghamton Press, Saturday Evening, July 15, 1944, pg. 13 * ^ Japanese Economic Exploitation of Central Pacific Seabird Populations, 1898-1915, Spennemann, Dirk H. R., Pacific Studies, Vol. 21, Nos. 1/2, March/June 1998 * ^ Rescued from Wake Island, Survivors of the Toyoshima Found by the Benjamin Constant, The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Honolulu, Friday, June 26, 1908, p.30. * ^ Sea-Power in the Pacific: A Study of the American-Japanese Naval Problem, Hector C. Bywater, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1921 * ^ Wake Island, Lieutenant Commander
Commander
Sherwood Picking, United States Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 48, 1922, pg. 2075 * ^ History and Ornithological Journals of the Tanager Expedition of 1923 to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Johnston and Wake Islands, Storrs L. Olson, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, February 1996 * ^ "Trippe the Light Fantastic", Harold Evans, The Wall Street Journal, February 24, 2005 * ^ China
China
Clipper: The Age of the Great Flying Boats, Robert Gandt, Naval Institute Press, Sep 23, 2013 * ^ "A Magnificent Fight": The Battle for Wake Island, Robert Cressman, Naval Institute Press, Dec 13, 2013 * ^ "What\'s New in World of Airplanes and Air Transportation, Toil on Desolate Isles to Make Pacific Airway Path". Chicago Tribune. Part 7, Page 10. July 7, 1935. * ^ Robert Daley (1980). An American saga: Juan Trippe and his Pan Am empire. Random House, Incorporated. ISBN 978-0-394-50223-6 . * ^ Bonita L. Gilbert (7 December 2012). Building for War: The Epic Saga of the Civilian Contractors and Marines of Wake Island
Island
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Reef
- A Pan American Adventure with Love, Bert Voortmeyer, Carol Nickisher, Paladwr Press, 2005 * ^ Diesel to Run on Wake Island
Island
Line, Popular Science, April 1936, Vol. 128, No. 4, Page 40 * ^ Nice Clean Gardening, Frank J. Taylor, "The Rotarian", July, 1939, page 14 Nice Clean Gardening * ^ Melson, Major Charles D. "The Approach of War". CONDITION RED: Marine Defense Battalions in World War II. United States
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Island
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Special
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Oil
Pollution on Wake Island
Island
from the Tanker R. C. Stoner, Reginald M. Gooding, National Marine Fisheries Service, Hawaii
Hawaii
Area Fishery Research Center, 1971 * ^ "Historic American Buildings Survey: Wake Island
Island
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Island
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National Historic Landmark
summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved October 2, 2007. * ^ Clipper
Clipper
Flies Sentimental Journey : 747 Follows S. Pacific Route of Pan Am's Flying Boats, Los Angeles Times, November 24, 1985 * ^ Seize the High Ground: The Army in Space and Missile Defense, James A. Walker, Lewis Bernstein, Sharon Lang, History Office, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, 2003 * ^ Medical care of illegal migrants intercepted on the high sea (Operation Prompt Return), R.E. Ellyson, C. Callahan, Y.T. Lee, "Military Medicine", October 1996 * ^ Military Responses to the Global Migration Crisis: A Glimpse of Things to Come, Paul J. Smith, "The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs", Vol. 23: 2, Fall 1999, pg. 87 * ^ Wake Island
Island
returns to Air Force control, Jim Bennett, "The Kwajalein Hourglass", Volume 42, Number 78, Tuesday, October 1, 2002 * ^ Proclamation 8336 of January 6, 2009 - Establishment of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument
Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument
- By the President of the United States
United States
of America, Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 7, Monday, January 12, 2009, http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/Library/MNM/Proclamation%208336%20-%20PRIA.pdf * ^ Delegation of Management Responsibility for the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, Rose Atoll
Atoll
Marine National Monument and the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument, United States Department of the Interior Order Number 3284, Secretary of the Interior Dick Kempthorne, Washington, DC, January 16, 2009 * ^ 611th Air Support Group adds eight tropical Pacific locations, Capt. Amy Hansen, Alaskan Command Public Affairs, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, September 17, 2010, http://www.jber.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123222602 * ^ Proclamation 9173 of September 25, 2014 - Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expansion - By the President of the United States
United States
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REFERENCES

* Drechsler, Bernd; Begerow, Thomas; Pawlik, Peter-Michael (2007). Den Tod vor Augen : die unglückliche Reise der Bremer Bark Libelle in den Jahren 1864 bis 1866 (in German). Bremen: Hauschild. ISBN 978-3-89757-333-8 . * Heine, Dwight; Anderson, Jon A. (1971). "Enen-kio: Island
Island
of the Kio Flower". Micronesian Reporter. 14 (4): 34–37. ISSN 0026-2781 . * L, Klemen (1999–2000). "Forgotten Campaign: The Dutch East Indies Campaign 1941–1942". Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. * Sloan, Bill (2003). Given Up for Dead: America's Heroic Stand at Wake Island. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 0-553-58567-3 . * Urwin, Gregory J. W. (2002) . Facing Fearful Odds: The Siege of Wake Island. Lincoln: University of Nebraska
Nebraska
Press. ISBN 0-8032-9562-6 .

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