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...

Pacific Workhorse: The PBY

Knowing my interest in WWII aircraft, some...

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

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...

January 20, 2015 |

Punchbowl Grave Dedication

On October 21, 1953, a memorial ceremony was held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in...

December 22, 2014 |


Watching the Wake Island episode of Oliver North’s 2005 series “War Stories” last week, I was reminded of...

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