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U.S. regains Possession of Wake Island...



Item # 564268

September 5, 1945

THE NEW YORK TIMES, New York, September 5, 1945

* Wake Island in U.S. possession
* Post World War II Japan


This 40 page newspaper has a four column headline on the front page: "AMERICAN FLAG IS RAISED ON WAKE ISLE" with subheads that include: "EPIC OF ATOLL ENDS" "Americans Go Ashore to Crown Heroic Fight of marines in 1941" and more.

Other news of the day with much on post Japan surrender including front page reporting on the destruction of Hiroshima.

Light browning, otherwise in nice condition.

wikipedia notes:
The Japanese-occupied island was bombed several times by American air forces; one of these raids was the first mission for future United States President George H.W. Bush.

After a successful American air raid on October 5, 1943, the Japanese garrison commander Rear Adm. Shigematsu Sakaibara ordered the execution of the 98 captured American civilian forced laborers remaining on the island. They were taken to the northern end of the island, blindfolded and machine-gunned. One of the prisoners escaped the massacre, carving the message 98 US PW 5-10-43 on a large coral rock near where the victims had been hastily buried in a mass grave. The unknown American was recaptured and beheaded. After the war, Sakaibara and his subordinate, Lt. Cmdr. Tachibana, were sentenced to death for this and other war crimes. Tachibana's sentence was later commuted to life in prison. The murdered civilian POWs were reburied in Honolulu Memorial, Hawaii.

During the Japanese occupation, Wake island's native species of flightless Rail Bird was hunted and eaten to extinction after the occupants became cut off from the supply route in 1944. Because of its flightlessness and curiosity, it was easy for just two men to catch barehanded. The last rail was killed in 1945 by the starving soldiers.
US Civilian POWs Memorial

On September 4, 1945, the remaining Japanese garrison surrendered to a detachment of the United States Marine Corps. In a brief ceremony, the handover of Wake was officially conducted.

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