Thursday, April 27, 2006

Wake Island

Last night, as I was watching TMC, they did a preview for the 1942 movie called Wake Island, which tells the story of the 443 military personnel who were stationed at Wake Island when it was attacked by the Japanese following the attack on Pearl Harbor. During the trailer, which you can view here, "443" was repeated numerous times and made me want to research the whole shebang.

Then I go to Wikipedia, and what did I find, but the following excerpt:

"On October 5, 1943, carrier planes from USS Yorktown, Essex and Lexington conducted an extremely successful raid. Two days later, fearing an imminent invasion and a possible revolt, Rear Admiral Shigematsu Sakaibara ordered the murder of 98 captured American contract workers remaining on the island who had been doing forced labour for the Japanese. They were taken to the northern end of the island, blindfolded and machine-gunned. One of the prisoners (whose name has never been discovered) escaped the massacre, apparently returning to the site to carve the message 98 US PW 5-10-43 on a large coral rock near where the murdered Americans had been hastily buried in a mass grave. This unknown American was re-captured within a few weeks, after which Sakaibara personally beheaded him with a sword. The inscription on the rock can still be seen and is a Wake Island landmark."

Wake Island is the most 43 island there is.

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