Asked in Air Travel
Where is Kwajalein?
What is the name of an island with a central lagoon?
Is Kuralei a real island?
An earlier answer said: Yes it is. It is Kwajalein Island or Kuwajleen- or Kwajelin-Island , an island among others of the atoll with the same name belonging to Marshall Islands. 8°43' N, 167°44' E. However I don't think this is correct, for several reasons: Kuralei is an island where the final battle in James Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific" takes place. Most of the book takes place in the Solomon and New Hebrides Islands. Kwajalein is in the Marshall Islands about 1000 miles to the North East. I don't think men from the area Michener is writting about were moved to fight in Kwajalein. The battle Michener describes on Kuralei is different than than actual battle on Kwajalein. I believe that Kuralei and Konora islands are both fictious creations by Michener. I think they were meant to be somewhere in the Solomons or near by. I am not sure of this though. If anyone knows more, please post it here. Intriguingly, and with the greatest respect to the above comment, the view of Kwajaleen on Google Earth and the orientation of the various components matches Mitchener's description of "Kuralei" perfectly. Even the "small promontory" is visible.
Asked in Cuban Missile Crisis, Missiles
What is the main missile testing site in the United States?
The Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site, commonly referred to as the Reagan Test Site, is a missile test range in the Pacific Ocean. It covers about 750,000 square miles and includes rocket launch sites at the Kwajalein Atoll (on multiple islands), Wake Island, and Aur Atoll. It primarily functions as a test facility for U.S. missile defense and space research programs. The Reagan Test Site is under the command of the US Army Kwajalein Atoll, or USAKA.
Asked in Battle of Midway
Why was the Battle of Midway such an important victory for the US in the Pacific?
Asked in Air Miles
What is the distance in miles between Honolulu and Kwajalein Atoll?
Asked in World War 2, World War 1, US in WW2
Where did the 111th Infantry serve during World War 2?
Asked in Latitude and Longitude
Which possession or protectorates is located 166 degrees E longitude and 19 degrees N Latitude?
That point is just inside the northeastern boundary of the territorial waters of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, an independent nation since 1986. The point is about 510 miles north of Bikini Atoll, 680 miles north of Kwajalein Atoll, and 900 miles north-northwest of the national capital at Majuro.
Asked in NASA
Does nasa only launch from Florida?
No. While most of NASA launches take place at Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, it also launches regularly from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and the Wallops Island Flight Facility, a part of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. NASA has also conducted launches from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, and from Kodiak Island in Alaska.
Where can you find information about Carrier Aircraft Service Unit-34 which was a unit based in the Pacific?
The only information I've been able to find so far about the CASU's is in the Navy history records at the following website: http://www.history.navy.mil/a-record/ww-ii/loc-ac/1943/sep43/28-9-43.pdf. This is the first time CASU 34 shows up, located in San Diego area. The unit was later moved up to Alameda, CA. Still later, the unit moved to Kwajalein and then to Parry Island. From this website you can also reach other dates and years. The website does not tell you anything specific about the CASU, only where it is located at the time.
What are the details of the battle of Roi Namur February 1 1944?
The Fourth Marine Division's attack at the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands was named Operation Flintlock and was preceeded by the attack on 31 January 1944 of the islands of Meliu and Ennuebing to establish an artillery fire support base. The islands of Roi and Namur were cleared of their Japanese defenders in just over a day at the cost of 172 lives plus 18 who later died of wounds and 547 WIA. As a footnote to this battle, Stephen Hopkins, the son of Harry Hopkins the Special Assistant to FDR was among those killed, as was PFC Jack Brown whose 44 year old father of the same Company, Corporal Earl Brown fought on.
Asked in World War 2, Japan in WW2, WW2 Allied Powers
Examples of island hopping?
Guadalcanal , Tarawa , Saipan , Iwo Jima , Kwajalein , Okinawa , Peleliu <><> By the summer of 1944, U.S. forces in the Pacific had established two avenues of attack towards Japan. First was the Central Pacific. U.S. Navy and Marine Corps units, with Army assistance, were "Island Hopping,' westward from Hawaii towards Japan. The first to fall, were the Gilbert Islands, (Jan-Feb. 1944). Next came the South and Southwest Pacific forces. Army units, with Navy and Marine Corps support, took Guadalcanal then Bougainville, (1942-1943). In conjunction with Australian forces, they cleared the areas around New Guinea, (May 1944). These actions brought American forces to within the inner defenses of the Japanese Empire. Next, the Americans looked for anchorages that would provide naval support and airfields, within striking distance of Japan. The best islands for these purposes were those located in the Western Pacific-namely the Marianas and the Palaus Islands.
When did the US come to the Marshall Islands?
The United States Marines arrived on the Marshall Islands in February of 1944 towards the end of WW 2. They kept these islands for nuclear testing and later to establish the Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Test Site which today is the leading missile testing facility of the United States. This base, located in Kwajalein Atoll, is the subject of great controversy in the relationship between the Marshall Islands and the United States, as the US wishes to keep it for another 75 years without a fair and honest payment for its use. People of the Marshall Islands are suspicious of the American intentions because, as a result of the nuclear tests, many of the islands are contaminated FOREVER, and people who were exposed do not get the medical attention the United States promised. Because of the close relationship between the countries, Marshallese can enter the United States as if they were citizens and vice versa, and Marshallese youngsters fight in Iraq and Afghanistan to this day, adding a REMARKABLE twist in the unique bond of friendship between the Marshall Islands and the United States.
Asked in Japan in WW2, US in WW2, Atomic Bombs
What was the biggest atomic bomb?
Castle Bravo was the most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the United States, with a yield of 15 Megatons. That yield, far exceeding the expected yield of 4 to 6 megatons, combined with other factors to produce the worst radiological accident ever caused by the United States. When Bravo was detonated, it formed a fireball almost four and a half miles (roughly 7 km) across within a second. This fireball was visible on the Kwajalein atoll over 250 miles (450 km) away. The explosion left a crater of 6,500 feet (2,000 m) in diameter and 250 feet (75 m) in depth. The mushroom cloud reached a height of 47,000 feet (14 km) and a diameter of 7 miles (11 km) in about a minute; it then reached a height of 130,000 feet (40 km) and 62 miles (100 km) in diameter in less than 10 minutes and was expanding at more than 6 kilometres (4 miles) per minute.
What is Rangirae?
i am sorry bu ti think you have mispelled the word are you looking for rangiroa? Rangiroa (meaning "Vast Sky" in Tuamotuan) or Te Kokota, is the largest atoll in the Tuamotus, and one of the largest in the world (although it is smaller than Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands and Huvadhu in the Maldives). It is located in the Palliser group. The nearest atoll is Tikehau, located only 12 Km to the West. The atoll consists of about 250 islands, islets and sandbars comprising a total land area of about 170 km². There are approximately 100 narrow passages, called hoa, in the fringing reef. The lagoon is approximately 1600 km². It is so large that it has its own horizon. The chief town is Avatoru, located in the northwestern part of the atoll. Rangiroa has a total of 2334 inhabitants (2002 census). The first recorded Europeans to arrive to Rangiroa were Dutch explorers Jacob le Maire and Willem Schouten during their 1615-1616 Pacific journey. They called this atoll "Vlieghen Island". Rangiroa appears in some maps as "Nairsa" or as "Dean's island". This atoll was visited by the Charles Wilkes expedition on September 7, 1839.
What happened to people living in irradiated sections of the Marshall Islands?
This is extracted from Wikipedia article 'Rongelap' Rongelap Atoll is an island-atoll located in Micronesia. It is a municipality of the Marshall Islands. The Atoll consists of 61 islets with a combined area of approximately 3 square miles (8 km²). Its lagoon covers 388 square miles (1,000 km²). It is historically notable for its close proximity to American hydrogen bomb tests in 1954. History The United States military conducted atmospheric nuclear weapons tests, including hydrogen bomb tests in the Pacific from 1946 through 1958. These tests were primarily in the Bikini Atoll, about 150 miles from Rongelap Atoll. On March 1, 1954, the test of the Castle Bravo hydrogen bomb generated radioactive fallout which killed a crew member of a Japanese fishing boat, the Daigo Fukuryū Maru, and contaminated Rongelap. The inhabitants were forced to abandon the islands, leaving all their belongings, three days after the test. They were relocated to Kwajalein for medical treatment. In 1957, three years later, the USA declared the area 'clean and safe' and allowed the islanders to return. Evidence of continued contamination mounted, however, as many residents developed thyroid-tumors, and many children died of leukemia. The magistrate of Rongelap, John Anjain, whose own son died of leukemia, appealed for international help, without significant response. In 1985, Greenpeace helped evacuate the people from Rongelap and aided their resettlement on the islets of Mejatto and Ebeye on Kwajalein-atoll. Ebeye is significantly smaller than the islands of Rongelap, and joblessness, suicide, and overcrowding have proven to be problems following the resettlement. In September 1996, the United States Department of the Interior signed a 45 million dollar resettlement agreement with the islanders, stipulating that the islanders themselves will scrape off a few inches of Rongelap's still contaminated surface. However, this is an operation deemed impossible by some critics. Now, however, the Mayor James Matayoshi says on his website that the project has been successful and was telling about a new promising future for the inhabitants and also for the tourists. Today tourists can visit the irradiated sites (for only 2 hours at a time) but, areas that have still high radiation levels are not allowed.
Asked in WW2 Naval Warfare
Was an America aircraft carrier lost during heavy seas in Pacific area during ww II?
No American carriers were lost to "heavy seas" during wwii (or ever). However several were damaged during Typhoon's. These include: Damaged by Typhoon Cobra (18 Dec 1944) USS Cowpens (CVL 25) - hangar door torn open and RADAR, 20mm gun sponson, whaleboat, jeeps, tractors, jerry crane, and 8 aircraft lost overboard. 1 sailor lost. USS Monterey (CVL 26) - hangar deck fire killed 3 men and caused evacuation of boiler rooms requiring repairs at Bremerton Navy yard USS Langley (CVL 27) - damaged USS Cabot (CVL 28) - damaged USS San Jacinto (CVL 30) - hangar deck planes broke loose and destroyed air intakes, vent ducts and sprinkling system causing widespread flooding.Damage repaired by USS Hector (AR-7) USS Althamaha (CVE 18) - hangar deck crane and aircraft broke loose and broke fire mains USS Anzio (CVE 57) - required major repair USS Nethenta Bay (CVE 74) - damaged USS Cape Esperance (CVE 88) - flight deck fire required major repair USS Kwajalein (CVE 98) - lost steering control