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...


 Of the three components that make up Wake...

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 30, 2014 |


 Of the three components that make up Wake Atoll, Peale is the “deserted island.” Inaccessible by road since...

March 9, 2014 |

JPAC Mission Update

Last week I made contact with the family of Henry Milton Dreyer, one of the Wake 98. Milton was twenty-five years...

February 21, 2014 |

Guamanians on Wake

The Guamanian memorial stands proudly in Memorial Row on Wake Island. The delicately engraved plaque has been...

February 7, 2014 |

Subject to Change

A few weeks ago I heard a Radio Lab podcast about coral that got me to thinking about time and change (“The...

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