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Pacific Alamo : the battle for Wake Island
Wukovits, John F., 1944-
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : New American Library, [2003]

Physical Description:
xi, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Central Library D767.99.W3 W84 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Hamburg Library D767.99.W3 W84 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Lackawanna Library D767.99.W3 W84 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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It happened in the shadow of Pearl Harbor-mere hours after the first attack on the day that would "live in infamy." But few know the full story of Wake Island. Now a prominent military historian, breaking new ground on the assault, relates the compelling events of that day and the heroic struggle that followed. Thanks to the brave Marines stationed there-and the civilian construction workers who selflessly put their lives on the line to defend the island-what was supposed to be an easy victory became a protracted and costly battle for Imperial Japan. This is the story of that battle, from survivors on both sides, and with a gallery of historic photos.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: "Wake Island Marine on Deck!"p. 1
Chapter 1 "An Ordinary Group of Americans"p. 3
Chapter 2 "It Would Be Nice to Have Six Months More"p. 26
Chapter 3 "The Marines Will Show Them a Thing or Two"p. 49
Chapter 4 "I Used to Hear a Lot of Guys Pray"p. 67
Chapter 5 "The Island Was to Be a Cake Walk"p. 80
Chapter 6 "Our Flag Is Still There"p. 100
Chapter 7 "They Don't Guarantee You're Coming Back"p. 119
Chapter 8 "I Was Surprised at Some of the Younger Ones"p. 138
Chapter 9 "We'll Make Our Stand Here"p. 157
Chapter 10 "Remember Wake Island"p. 178
Chapter 11 "I Was Torn from Everything I Knew"p. 201
Chapter 12 "You Go Home Soon"p. 228
Chapter 13 "I Was Doing What I Was Trained to Do"p. 251
Notesp. 273
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 301

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