Kosrae Island is located in Kosrae State in the Federated States of Micronesia. During the Pacific War spelled "Kusaie". Borders Lelu Harbor and Lellu Island (Lelu).
Occupied by the Japanese for the duration of the war.
American missions against Kosrae
February 17 - June 1, 1944
Omar (Mt. Omar)
Japanese caves hidden in the jungle. Impressive
ruins on the connected island of Lelu that date back to around the 14th
century when Kosrae's chief's were the dominant regional power.
Though the outskirts of the massive royal city have been torn down,
the remaining ruins still give the feeling of being in an ancient,
hidden city, the kind of isolated setting you might imagine trekking
hours through dense jungle to find.
This bunker has thick concrete walls, with multiple
Located along the coast. Prewar, this was the site of a Japanese settlement that lasted until the Japanese surrender in 1945.
Underground Bunker "The
The meeting place is completely subterranean concrete cave with two entrances (to the island
interior) with ventilation openings on the top, flush with the ground.
Kosrae island's highest point, includes caves and tunnels used by the Japanese during WWII.
One of Kosrae's greatest attractions is the
clear, clean ocean and living coral reefs that completely surround
it. Offshore the coral reefs slope steeply into the clear blue
depths. Both vertical drop offs and undulating profiles of cascading
corals appear before you as underwater visibility averages 100
feet plus, The reefs comprise hundreds of densely packed coral
species, attracting an abundance of marine life. A diver could
observe 30 to 50 species of fish in a single dive. Large numbers
of turtles inhabit the waters of this island paradise.
Kosrae has unspoiled coral reefs close to shore
suitable for both walk-in and boat diving. Underwater visibility
can easily be 100', and in summer as much as 200'.
The Blue Hole in Lelu harbor coral heads, lion fish, stingrays
and barracuda. In the south, a nice spot is Hiroshi's Point, a
drift dive that takes in beautiful soft corals and hammerhead
sharks. There's an American search plane in about 60ft (20m) of
water at the mouth of Lelu Harbor. Also in the vicinity are two
Japanese boats and the remains of a whaling ship.
Built postwar, located on an artificial island off Kosrae.
Lellu Island (Lelu)
Located offshore Lelu Harbor.
"In the water, yes in the water, about 100
feet offshore, visible and hi and low tides are 3-4
tanks as I recall. How did they get there I asked?
Well, I was told, after the war, American GI's ran
them there. They had a race from the shore, a flying
start to see whose tank would go farthest in the water.
And there they are!"
Target Practice Tanks
"Postwar, as a display of American firepower and accuracy,
several tanks and cars were positioned up in the hills,
whereupon a destroyer or two opened up on them and
hit them all! The people were impressed."
Freighter sunk off the island.
Sunk in Kusaie Harbor.
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February 4, 2018