Honoring the 98

Honoring the 98

The Wake Atoll Commemorative DXpedition has finally been approved for entry to Wake after a month-long delay. This amateur radio operators’ mission commemorates the 98 American civilian contractors who were killed on Wake in October 1943 and is dedicated to preserving their memory. The twelve-man team, now scheduled to arrive on Wake November 2 (across the International Date Line), will set up antennas and stations and commence long-distance...

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Angry Days

Angry Days

The recent congressional impasse that resulted in a sixteen-day government shutdown recalled many political crises through American history, but I found myself drawn back to the period of heated public debates and bitter personal attacks in 1940-41 over isolationism. The political strength of the United States is based on representative democracy, loyal opposition, government by compromise, and the constitutionally defined system of checks and...

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The Wake 98: RIP

The Wake 98: RIP

October 7, 2013, marks the seventieth anniversary of a day that lives in infamy for the Wake Family. Today we honor the nearly one hundred American civilians who were cut down in cold blood on the north beach of Wake Island at the hands of their Japanese captors. They were young and old, married and single. Some men had large families and deep roots; others were vagabond workers with deliberately shallow roots. None deserved to die the way they...

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Wake Avengers

Wake Avengers

News broke on Monday evening, September 30, 2013, that two U.S. Marine Corps generals were being forced into retirement for failing to take “adequate force protection measures” in a devastating Taliban attack on a southwestern Afghanistan base a year ago. I immediately thought of the deadly attack on VMA-211, the “Wake Avengers,” at Camp Bastion in September 2012 that killed two of the team and destroyed several Harrier fighters on the...

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