• Remnants of a Japanese 5-inch gun emplacement following the invasion on Kwajalein, February 1944.

    Remnants

    Remnants of a Japanese 5-inch gun emplacement following the invasion on Kwajalein, February 1944.

  • Remains of Japanese Air Headquarters building following the invasion on Kwajalein, February 1944.

    Remains

    Remains of Japanese Air Headquarters building following the invasion on Kwajalein, February 1944.

  • Troops rehearsing the Kwajalein invasion on North Shore of Oahu, late 1943.

    Battle on Kwajalein: First foothold in the Pacific

    Troops rehearsing the Kwajalein invasion on North Shore of Oahu, late 1943.

Kwajalein consists of a group of 90 coral islets that surround the third largest lagoon in the world. The total land area is 6.2 square miles and the atoll is 78 miles long. The islets of Kwajalein and Roi-Namur were the first of the Marshall Islands captured by U.S. troops in World War II. The atoll serves as a seaport, air stop and U.S. military missile testing site.

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