Earl Hinz   Photos & Histories of Pacific Battlefields
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Images, descriptions and histories courtesy of the author of Pacific Island Battlegrounds of World War II by Earl Hinz. All images are copyright Earl Hinz, and reproduced here with his permission.  

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Click below to read Mr. Hinz's descriptions of these Pacific sites, and histories of each wreck. This is the first installment of photographs and descriptions. Each corresponds to a chapter of his book, Pacific Battlefields.

 

 
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USS Utah, Hawaii
The Forgotten Memorial at Pearl Harbor

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Monk Seals, Midway Island
The wildlife has been protected for years and many species will approach a sensitive traveler just out of curiosity.

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Vilu War Museum, Guadalcanal
This badly emasculated Wildcat has been saved in the Vilu War Museum and Village Cemetery"

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Drown US Tank, Tarawa
Many of the grounded and shot-up tanks and other vehicles still litter the beach, but are rapidly rusting away.

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Pumping Station, Marshall Islands
Administrative site for the Marshall Islands since pre-WW I days when the Germans controlled the islands

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Admiral's Bunker, Rabual
Unfortunately, it was covered with ash during the severe 1994 volcanic activity and may be some time being restored.

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Port Moresby, New Guinea
P-38 wreck at the Port Moresby War Museum was one of those that carried the battle to the Japanese.

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Aircraft skeleton, New Hebrides
This unserviceable fuselage escaped the watery grave and is now a play house for local kids.

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Coastal Gun, Truk
Defensive fortifications consisted mostly of moderate size coastal guns

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Tumon Bay, Guam
"Guam had theunusual distinction of being the only American soil that had ever been lost to an enemy action."

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Koror War Museum, Peleliu
A few war relics are displayed in the small well-maintained indoor/outdoor war museum at Koror.

 

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