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    Sorlen Island Yap State Federated States of Micronesia

Location
Sorlen Island is located in Ulithi Atoll in Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Wartime History
On September 20, 1944, occupied by American forces without opposition. Devleoped into a fleet recreation area for US Navy personel. Construction involved grading the entire island and covering it with quonset huts for storage, shops, mess halls, offices, and living quarters, and building roads, supply dumps, and necessary facilities to supply water and electricity to all parts of the island

In 19 days, a movie theater capabile of seating 1,600 was constructed on the island. Also, the construction of facilities for a standard landing craft unit on Sorlen was another major project. This development involved grading the entire island and covering it with quonset huts for storage, shops, mess halls, offices, and living quarters, and building roads, supply dumps, and necessary facilities to supply water and electricity to all parts of the island.

Eleven distillation units, drawing water from the sea, and nine 5,000-gallon storage tanks were set up to provide drinking water. A hospital, constructed between November 24, 1944, and January 17, 1945, included quonset huts and supplementary facilities to house and operate a 100-bed unit.

Sorlen Airfield
A strips for light plane operations between the islands of the atoll were built between December 12, 1944, and January 27, 1945.

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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