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Wonders of Wake Island

Wake Island from air in 2009
Wake Island from air after a devastating storm in 2009 / Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo, Wikimedia Commons / public domain

WorldBlue  Highlights

Wake Island is coral atoll – unincorporated territory of United States. Access is restricted, the island is managed by the United States Air Force.

This atoll is one of the most isolated and also one of the oldest coral atolls in the world.

Islands have beautiful beaches and a fine lagoon with extremely clean water and excellent sights for divers. The nature in the reefs is nearly pristine.

The only known endemic bird of this atoll – the flightless Wake Island Rail (Gallirallus wakensis) was exterminated by the starving Japanese soldiers in 1945.

Dramatic events took place on the island during the World War, in 1941 – 1945, when the American garrison was overpowered by the Japanese army and the island was occupied. Many people lost their lives on the island during the warfare.

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Historical wonders

98 Rock

A stone with an engraving left by an American soldier. He for a while escaped from the death penalty and immortalized the memory of 98 fallen American prisoners of war by writing "98 US PW 5-10-43".

"98 Rock" - a reminder of tragic wartime events

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