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#1 John_Ford

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 1647 PM

   I was TDY there back in 2015 working a fraud case.   Visited the local museums and got to look at the beach area and where the fighting had taken place.   I know we invested a huge amount of money once we took it back but why knowing its position in the Pacific, did we not invest or prepare it for the coming conflict?   We put a Defense Battalion and a squadron of Fighters on Wake Island with far less utility but the Navy did not commit the investment in the infrastructure in a Asset worth far more.


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#2 JasonJ

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 1723 PM

IIRC, it was part of the naval treaties. US got higher tonnage and ship numbers than Japan so a minimum requirement by the Japanese negotiators for accepting the ship numbers and tonnage was for the US to not highly fortified the forward areas. Of course afterwards, some in Japan really disapproved the numbers agreed on.
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#3 Ken Estes

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 2249 PM

Washington Naval Treaty. After it lapsed, it was far easier for the Japanese to fortify their Marianas and Carolines protectorates than for the USN to develop Guam in midst of the same.

 

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Pacific bases[edit]

Article XIX of the Treaty also prohibited Britain, Japan, and the United States from constructing any new fortifications or naval bases in the Pacific Ocean region. Existing fortifications in Singapore, the Philippines, and Hawaii could remain. That was a significant victory for Japan, as newly fortified British or American bases would be a serious problem for the Japanese in the event of any future war. That provision of the treaty essentially guaranteed that Japan would be the dominant power in the Western Pacific Ocean and was crucial in gaining Japanese acceptance of the limits on capital ship construction.[17]

 


Edited by Ken Estes, 22 May 2019 - 2252 PM.

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#4 Mikel2

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 0054 AM

They were probably concerned the island might tip over and capsize.

https://youtu.be/cesSRfXqS1Q
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#5 Markus Becker

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Posted 02 June 2019 - 1340 PM

It was too far away to have any chance of relief/resupply. Wake was both in range of Midway and the Mandates(or Marianas).
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#6 Chris Werb

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Posted 02 June 2019 - 1628 PM

They were probably concerned the island might tip over and capsize.

https://youtu.be/cesSRfXqS1Q

 

Someone HAD to say it :)


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