The sea water is the wonderful part. It is warm, 80 degrees, limpid, clear and incredibly blue. Each degree of sunlight gives it another shade of blue and it is so clear one can see bottom plainly at 60 ft. depth. And full of fish of all colors and shapes.
Harry to Katherine, Wake Island, January 10, 1941

Building for War

The Epic Saga of the Civilian Contractors and Marines of Wake Island in World War II
By Bonita Gilbert

Published by:
Casemate Publishers

Available from: Amazon
and Barnes & Noble

Building for War

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