Historic Photos
Wake Atoll, World War II

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Photo #: NH 96813

Surrender of Wake Atoll, 4 September 1945

Raising the U.S. flag over Wake Island on 4 September 1945, as a U.S. Marine Corps bugler plays "Colors". This was the first time the Stars and Stripes had flown over Wake since its capture by the Japanese on 23 December 1941.
The officer saluting in the right foreground is Rear Admiral Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese commander on Wake. Colors carried by the U.S. party, right background, include the U.S. Marine Corps flag.
Photographed by R.O. Kepler, USMC.

U.S. Marine Corps Photograph, in the Collections of the Naval Historical Center.


Bibliographic citation for this document

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