Wake Island


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Wake Island

 (wāk)
An island of the western Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Guam. Annexed by the United States in 1898, it was a commercial air base and later a military base. Wake Island was held by the Japanese from 1941 to 1945.

Wake Island

(weɪk)
n
(Placename) an atoll in the N central Pacific: claimed by the US in 1899; developed as a civil and naval air station in the late 1930s. Area: 8 sq km (3 sq miles)

Wake′ Is′land


n.
an island in the N Pacific, N of the Marshall Islands, belonging to the U.S. 3 sq. mi. (8 sq. km).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Wake Island - an island in the western Pacific between Guam and HawaiiWake Island - an island in the western Pacific between Guam and Hawaii
Battle of Wake, Battle of Wake Island - in December 1941 the island was captured by the Japanese after a gallant last-ditch stand by a few hundred United States marines
Pacific, Pacific Ocean - the largest ocean in the world
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local time about 290 miles (467 kilometers) west of Wake Island, Navy Cmdr.
However, experiences revealed that individuals often dispelled the stereotype, enabling human compassion to work to the benefit of the Wake Island defenders (WID) and prison mates.
This story was publicized after the war in the book, Jim's Journey: A Wake Island Civilian POW's Story, by Leilani Allen Magnino and published by Hellgate Press.
Last but not the least, WPMF will introduce Batroun to Montreal-born Wake Island.
Jim Moran's WAKE ISLAND 1941: A BATTLE TO MAKE THE GODS WEEP (9781849086035, $19.
Wake Island or Atoll is one of the smallest, harshest, and most isolated motes of land known to have harbored an endemic species of land bird, the Wake Island Rail (Gallirallus wakensis), the smallest historically known species of its genus.
A KC-135 Stratotanker from the Kansas Air National Guard's 190th Air Refueling Wing prepares to refuel Navy F/A-18 Hornets over Wake Island during an escort mission from Japan to the United States.
A 1943 raid on Wake Island introduced Zamperini to combat; the B-24 limped home with 594 shrapnel holes, one flier died and everyone except Zamperini and two others got shot up.
On another occasion, Capt Bagby's flight was en route to Wake Island on a deployment movement.
Final hours in the Pacific; the Allied surrenders of Wake Island, Bataan, Corregidor, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
On the afternoon of the 15 [th] the big carrier left the harbor and headed for Wake Island, where the small Marine garrison was being besieged by the Japanese.
Young presents Final Hours in the Pacific: The Allied Surrenders of Wake Island, Bataan, Corregidor, Hong Kong and Singapore, a close examination of the dark days of World War II from December 7, 1941 to the Battle of Midway in June 1942, when Allied forces serving on Wake Island, Bataan, Corregidor, Hong Kong and Singapore were forced to surrender.