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Facing fearful odds : the siege of Wake Island

Author: Gregory J W Urwin
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Although the siege of Wake Island was not one of World War II's biggest campaigns, it had a profound psychological effect on the course of that struggle. This was the battle that first raised American spirits in the dark weeks immediately following Pearl Harbor. For sixteen suspenseful days, 449 U.S. Marines, assisted by a handful of sailors and soldiers and a few hundred civilian construction workers, withstood
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Urwin, Gregory J.W., 1955-
Facing fearful odds.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©1997
(OCoLC)605195609
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory J W Urwin
ISBN: 0803245556 9780803245556
OCLC Number: 36180937
Description: xxiii, 727 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Wake Island Survivors Who Contributed to This Book --
pt. I. The Place. I. "An Epic That Should Give Every American Hope": The Birth of the Wake Island Legend. II. "The Most Isolated Place in the World": Wake's Geography and Climate. III. "Wake Island Is Stirred to Life": The Atoll's Early History, 1568-1937. IV. "We Plan to Use Wake as a Base": The U.S. Navy and Wake Island, 1935-1939. V. "Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho, It's Out to Wake We Go": Congress Decides Wake's Future, 1939-1940 --
pt. II. The Defenders. VI. "Pioneer Party": The Contractors Arrive, January 1941. VII. "The Work Is Being Completed in an Efficient and Workmanlike Manner": The Pace of Base Construction, January-December 1941. VIII. "A Hard-Working Bunch": Contractor Life on Wake, January-December 1941. IX. "To Deny Wake to the Enemy": The Marines Arrive, August 1941. X. "We'll Be Back in Pearl Harbor in a Few Months": The Increasing American Military Commitment, September-October 1941.
Responsibility: Gregory J.W. Urwin.
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Facing Fearful Odds

by masterchieflemon (WorldCat user published 2009-12-04) Excellent Permalink

Your book inspired me to write a poem about Wake Island.  It is as follows. 

          WAKE ISLAND

It was December 11th, 1941,

The marines on Wake Island

 knew their time had come.

In the morning darkness

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