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Location
Wallis Island is seven miles long and for miles long. It is the largest island in the Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands, located on the eastern side of the island group. Also known as "Uvea". Prewar, French missionary arrived at Wallis Island.

Wartime History
During World War II, American forces code named Wallis Island "Lameduck". On May 26, 1942 occupied by Free French forces.  By agreement with the French, Wallis Island's defense was to be an American responsibility.

On March 27, 1942, U. S. Marines 8th Defense Battalion (reinforced) under Colonel Raphael Griffin arrived from Tutuila to guard the island along with US Navy Construction Battalion "Seabees" Company A & B that began their first major construction work in the Pacific. CBMU 504 (Naval Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit) arrived during May 1942 and worked on the island until early 1944. Seabees build 70 miles of road on the island, storehouses, a 72 bed hospital and housing facilities. By January 1944, a 15 x 500 gallon tank farm was also established on the island. By February 19, 1944 dismantling of the base was began on Wallis and Samoa. Materials salvaged were taken back to Tutuila, to be used at other more forward bases.

Hihifo Airfield (Wallis Island Airport)
Built by US Navy during October 1942. Still in use today as the island's only airport.

Mata'Utu
Located on the eastern coast, near the center of the island, overlooking Mata Utu Harbor. Present day capital of Wallis.

Gahi Harbor
Gahi village is located on the south-eastern coast of Wallis Island. US Navy Seabees built a causeway 75' long of logs, filled with rock and covered with coral and sand over the reef into deep water.

Halalo
Lat 13° 20' 60S Long 176° 10' 60W Located near the south-west of the island.

Hihifo Seaplane Base
Built by the US Navy during October 1942

Fighter Strip
Built by the US Navy late in 1942.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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