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

Building for War: The Epic Saga of the Civilian...

Where is Wake Island?

Where’s Wake? You can see it near center top of...

Blue Book

Anyone connected to the Wake Island civilian...

More About Bonnie Gilbert

History opens new doors all the time if you go knocking. I chose history as my academic focus years ago, have an MA in history, and teach college history courses, so I have been knocking on those doors a long time.

My M.O. is: open your eyes and mind to the past, recognize new perspectives in history, and reconsider the present in new light. History does matter.

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Recent Blog Posts

May 19, 2015 |

Blue Book

Anyone connected to the Wake Island civilian contractors’ story either has or wants to have a copy of the...

April 20, 2015 |

Guam and Cavite

One of the earliest clues to the story of my father’s wartime past came in the mailbox every month or so when I...

March 27, 2015 |

Pacific Workhorse: The PBY

Knowing my interest in WWII aircraft, some friends recently forwarded a video about the restoration of a PBY 5A...

February 25, 2015 |

Skulls and Bones

Every semester in my early World Civilizations class I teach a unit on the migrations that populated the Americas...

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