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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Six aircraft and crews met at Wake Island, some eastbound and some westbound.
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.
For one day only, indie sweethearts The Wanton Bishops, Near Surface, Charlie Rayne, The Incompetents, The DnB Project, Segundo Bloco, Postcards, Jammit the Band and, visiting from Montreal, Wake Island will gather to groove and get down in the beautiful setting.
outposts throughout the Pacific, including Pearl Harbor, the Philippines, Guam, Wake Island and elsewhere.
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One of us (HBW) landed on the atoll of Wake Island in the 1950s (John Wayne and the fighting CBs had left by then) when it served as a fuelling stop for propeller driven planes as they crossed the Pacific.
Patton, Air Force, and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo restate the winning-is-the-only-thing credo while Wake Island, Pork Chop Hill, and Gallipoli bear out the doctrine that combat survival necessitates a buddy system.
Jim Moran's WAKE ISLAND 1941: A BATTLE TO MAKE THE GODS WEEP (9781849086035, $19.
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.