The Battle Of Wake Island - Alamo Of The Pacific - December 1941
By Mike Spradlin
December 18, 2017
A rusted gun emplacement on Wake Island.
The tiny island as seen from the air.
A Marine aviator and ground crew prior to the battle.
Civilian laborers, who were instrumental to Wake's defense.
Japanese dive-bombers begin their attack on the island.
James Devereux, Navy Cross
There were many heroes at Wake Island, both those whose stories we know and ones who will never be told. However, two special leaders stand out - James Devereux, the Marine commander on Wake, and "Hammering Hank" Elrod, who received the Medal Of Honor for his actions on Wake. (You can read both of their stories by clicking on the links at right and left.)
Hank Elrod, MOH
Marines desperately defending Wake Island.
Prisoners of war at hard labor after the battle.
A popular cartoon showing the fighting spirit of the Marines that inspired Americans at home.