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History
Germany annexed the Marshalls in 1885. Japan took over in 1914 and colonized the Marshalls extensively, with the Navy developing some of the atolls in large bases, The first Micronesian islands liberated by the Americans in WWII was Kwajalein Atoll in 1944. Majuro Atoll was taken next and quickly developed into a base. Within weeks some 30 other islands had fallen. At the end of the war, 28 Japanese officers and enlisted men stood trial for war crimes in the Marshalls. Four were executed.

Today
After the war, the Americans immediately began to test atomic bombs on Bikini and Enewetok atolls. Many of the locations and islands are either off limits, or accessible to only those living on the islands.

  Wreck of a B-24 Liberator "St. Quentin Quail" off shore
 First Hydrogen bomb test November 18, 1952
 Last Japanese held island liberated by USMC
  Bikini Atoll
Nuclear testing Area
Kwajalein Atoll
 Large Japanese and later American base during the war
 Off limits to most outsiders, Japanese fortifications
 Island in Kwajalein Lagoon with several seaplane wrecks
 Wrecks are infrequently visited due to their distance from Kwaj
 Several unidentified WWII ship wrecks off shore.
 Unidentified Shipwreck
  Shonan Maru No. 6 and a Landing craft
  Several sunken wrecks
  Site of the initial landing by US forces in the area.
  Small island in the Atoll
  Small island in the Atoll
    Wotje Atoll
 Japanese occupied until the end of WWII
 Japanese occupied until the end of WWII
    Maloelap Atoll
  Taroa had a major Japanese airbase developed in the 1930's.
  Second largest island in the atoll, Taroa Airfield
  Small island south of Taroa connected by a causeway
    Majuro Atoll
  Japanese built airfield, liberated and expanded by US Navy
  Japanese built airfield, liberated and expanded by US Navy
  Japanese built airfield, liberated and expanded by US Navy
  Island near Majuro with B-24 wreck
  Small island to the east of the atoll
  Small island north of Dalop
  Located at the north-east of the atoll
    Mili Atoll
 Japanese occupied for duration of WWII
    Jaluit Atoll
 Former German colonial capital at Jabor
 Japanese seaplane base and fortified island.
 Small island between Jaluit and connected to the SE edge of Emiej
 Island in Jaluit Atoll
 Northern island with sunkne cargo ship near lagoon

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January 8, 2014

 

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