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    Jabor Island Jaluit Atoll Marshall Islands
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Earl Hinz 1980s

Location
Jabor Island is located in Jaluit Atoll. Prewar site of the German colonial capital.

Wartime history
During late 1944, Jabor town was the first location subjected to a napalm attack by American carrier aircraft.

VMO-155 pilot John Glenn, describes the first use of napalm in John Glenn: A Memoir:
"Had a horrible beauty, the bright reddish orange of the flames and billowing clouds of black smoke against the green of the tress, the light green of the ocean water on the reefs and the dark blue deep sea water made one of the most eerie, awesome, and sobering sights I had ever seen."

American missions against Jabor
February 1, 1942 - September 20, 1944

At the end of the war, the surrender of the garrison was accepted by USS Thornhill DE-195.

Jaluit Water Reservoir
Prior to the war, Japanese immigrants came to the Marshall islands and they built infrastructure on the islands, including a water reservoirs for the village of Jabor. The water concrete reservoir structure and the wave deflector is a small segment of the shoreline protection built by the Japanese previous to the war.

Jaluit Airfield
Not a wartime airfield. Built postwar, this airport is used today for air service to the Jaluit Atoll area.

Jaluit Seaplane Base
Wartime seaplane base at Jabor Island

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Last Updated
January 11, 2018

 

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