Historic Photos
Kwajalein Atoll, World War II

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Photo #: NWDNS-80-G-415580

Enlisted men aboard USS Lexington (CV-16) during operations in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands. Crewmen gather around loud-speaker and listen intently as pilots relate story of attack on Japs at Kwajalein. Date: ca.11/1943
Photographer: Steichen, Edward

Department of the Navy. Naval Photographic Center, now in the collections of the National Archives.


Photo #: NWDNS-127-N-70216

The Battle of the Marshall Islands. Marines storm a pill box on Namur, Kwajalein Atoll.

Date: 02/02/1944
Photographer: Fabian, John. Corporal

Department of Defense. United States Marine Corps, now in the collections of the National Archives.


Photo #: 80-G-44879

Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox

Receives the first United States' colors to fly over Japanese territory that had been captured by U.S. forces, at the Navy Department, 29 February 1944. This flag had been raised over Kwajalein on 31 January 1944, during ceremonies on the first day of landings there.
Presenting the flag is Captain James H. Doyle, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Photo #: NH 62233

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz,
, Commander in Chief, Pacific, (right) and
Vice Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, Commander, Central Pacific Force, (center)

Tour Kwajalein Island, Marshalls, on 5 February 1944, following its capture. They are accompanied by a Brigadier General.

Collection of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.


Photo #: 80-G-343608

Surrender of Japan, 1945

Crew members on USS Wileman (DE-22) celebrate upon hearing of Japan's acceptance of surrender terms, circa 15 August 1945.
Photographer was from Naval Air Station, Ebeye Island, Kwajalein.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.


Bibliographic citation for this document

Kwajalein Atoll, World War II
URL: http://marshall.csu.edu.au/Marshalls/html/WWII_Pix/Kwajalein.html

Dirk H.R. Spennemann, Institute of Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University, P.O.Box 789, Albury NSW 2640, Australia.
e-mail: dspennemann@csu.edu.au

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