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Wake Island

Pacific Ocean, U.S. Minor Islands
County of Wake Island.
National Register Number: 85002726
Resource type: Building.
The threat level was Watch in
Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - September 16, 1985):
Wake Island became a symbol of hope for Americans when its defense force repulsed Japanese attacks shortly after Pearl Harbor. When Japanese forces captured Wake later, in December 1941, this removed a threat to their line of defense from Tokyo to the Marshall Islands. The Landmark includes World War II-related resources on Peale, Wilkes, and Wake Islands, the three islands in the coral atoll that comprise Wake.

The Air force has completed a Cultural Resources Management Plan which is now available for comment. The Air Force has vacated the atoll and is negotiating transfer of the base to the Army.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
The historic resources will still need to be maintained by any owner and until that authority is clear, the resources will continue to deteriorate.

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