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The defense battalion was supplemented by Marine Corps fighter plane squadron VMF-211, consisting of 12 F4F-3 Wildcat fighters, commanded by marine aviator Major Paul A. Putnam, USMC. Also, present on the island were 68 U.S. Navy personnel and about 1,221 civilian workers for the Morrison-Knudsen Civil ...

www.mclbbarstow.marines.mil/News/News-Article-Display/Article/509343/defender-of-wake-island-henry-t-elrod

Jan 23, 2014 ... Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif. -- In the opening hours of the United States' involvement in World War II, Hawaii wasn't the only island under attack by Imperial Japanese forces. The U.S. military base on Wake Island was attacked simultaneously during the attack on Pearl Harbor. While the ...

www.mca-marines.org/leatherneck/1982/12/wake-island

A group of 200 junior high school students in Gilbert, Arizona, spent 10 months of research and worked more than 5000 hours to build a diorama in honor of the Americans who defended Wake Island during World War II.Forty-one years ago this month, during the dark days following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, ...

www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USMC/USMC-C-Wake.html

Major James P.S. Devereux, Commanding Officer of the Wake Detachment of the 1st Defense Battalion (seen here as a POW at Shanghai, circa January 1942), was born in Cuba and educated in the United States and in Switzerland. Devereux enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1923. He saw service at home (Norfolk,  ...

www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/the-abandoned-relief-of-wake-island

Dec 30, 2014 ... Wrecked U.S. Marine Corps Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat fighters of Marine Fighting Squadron 211 (VMF-211), photographed by by the Wake Island airstrip sometime after the Japanese captured the island on Dec. 23, 1941. The plane in the foreground, “211-F-11” was flown by Capt. Henry T. Elrod during the ...

www.britannica.com/event/Battle-of-Wake-Island

Battle of Wake Island, (December 8–23, 1941), during World War II, battle for Wake Island, an atoll consisting of three coral islets (Wilkes, Peale, and Wake) in the central Pacific Ocean. During the battle a small force of U.S. Marines and civilian defenders fought elements of the Imperial Japanese Navy, which ultimately ...

www.usmilitary.com/2949/marine-corps-victory-at-wake-island

In early 1941 the United States Navy on Wake Island constructed a base, where the soldiers from the 1st Marine Defense Battalion were stationed, over 449 personnel, both enlisted and officers under the command of Marine Corps Major P.S. Devereux. There was also around 1,300 other personnel both civilian and Navy ...

www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/npswapa/extcontent/usmc/pcn-190-003119-00/sec7.htm

Sources. The author consulted primary materials in the Marine Corps Historical Center Archives Section (including the source material gathered for Col Robert D . Heinl, Jr.'s 1947 monograph The Defense of Wake); Reference Section ( November/December 1941 muster rolls); biographical material on many of the ...

www.usmcu.edu/hdphotos/Wake-Island

Wake Island. Bougainville · Guadalcanal · Guam · Iwo Jima · New Britain · New Georgia · Okinawa · Pearl Harbor & Ewa · Peleliu · Raiders · Saipan · Samoa · Tarawa · Tinian · Wake Island. DEFENSE DEPT. PHOTO (MARINE CORPS) 133687. Rear Admiral Shigimatsu Sakaibara, former commander of the Japanese on ...