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    Ujelang Atoll (Wūjlan̄)  Marshall Islands
Location
Ujelang Atoll is located in the Ralik Chain in the western Marshall Islands. Known in the Marshallese language as Wūjlan̄. In the center is Ujelang Lagoon. Ujelang Atoll has thirty islands, the largest Ujelang Island. To the northeast 135 miles away is Eniwetok.

Prewar
In 1884, German claimed Ujelang Atoll and the rest of the Marshall Islands. Ujelang Island was planted with coconut palms harvesting copra. After World War I, administered as part of the South Pacific Mandate by Japan. By 1935 only forty people inhabited the atoll.

Wartime History
During late 1943 until early 1944, targeted by U. S. aircraft as part of Operation Catchpole against Eniwetok and Ujelang. On April 22, 1944 U. S. Army, 28th Infantry Division, 111th Infantry Regiment, Company I landed at Ujelang Atoll and occupied the area. Developed into a staging area before departing February 1, 1945 for Peleliu.

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Last Updated
June 15, 2019

 

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