The 81st Anniversaries of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, the Battle for Wake Island and the Invasion of Guam!
Tour Host: MajGen O.K. Steele, USMC(Ret) Commanding General 2nd Marine Division/Historian
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Wake Island — a battle both remembered and lamented as one of the greatest battles of the War in the Pacific. Though the island fell to the overwhelming forces of the Japanese invasion fleet in late December, the “Magnificent Fight” exhibited by the Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Civilians in December 1941 against overwhelming odds stands as one of the epic struggles in the annals of warfare and the only time in WWII an amphibious invasion was tossed back into the sea.
Pearl Harbor — we return on the “Date Which Will Live in Infamy” the surprise Japanese attack that launched the USA into World War II.
Guam — We will also commemorate the Japanese invasion of Guam one day earlier and the efforts of the 274 sailors and 153 Marines of that island's garrison. Join us as we travel to Hawaii, Guam and Wake Island to commemorate the 81st Anniversaries of these early World War II battles in the Pacific.
Military Historical Tours is proud to partner with the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum to offer another in our series of historic anniversary tours to the battlefields of the world. This very special tour, highlighted by the visit to Wake Island will again be a rare opportunity to return to this important battleground of the Pacific. Fly to Hawaii to see the ceremonies on 7 December. Continue on to Guam to participate in a comprehensive “on the ground” exploration of the beaches and battlefields of this US Territory which was invaded and conquered by the Japanese on 10 December 1941. On the 12th, we depart for a full day of tours and a commemoration on Wake Island where 80 years earlier the Americans defeated the first Japanese amphibious landing attempt. We will have a memorial wreath laying at the monument commemorating the battle, followed by island tours.
All of these things, along with the most experienced staff, Battlefield Tour Leaders, and Historians combine to make your trip the most enjoyable, relaxing, entertaining, and educational experience possible. We welcome your phone calls or e-mails to discuss your tour with one of our Battlefield Specialists. Call us M-F 10AM-5PM or e-mail us — we look forward to hearing from you!
Tour Price * $ TBD
Single Room Supplement $ TBD
Saipan/Tinian Post Tour * $ TBD S/T Single Room Supplement $ TBD
*-Based on Double Occupancy
MHT's Wake Island Reading List:
"Facing Fearful Odds the Siege of Wake Island" by Gregory J.W. Urwin. (Published in 1997 by Professor Urwin of Temple University History Department. It has 570 pages of text and another 120 pages of notes and references.
"Victory in Defeat the Wake Island Defenders in Captivity 1941-1945." by Gregory J.W. Urwin. (Published In 2010, his companion book traces the bulk of the defenders through their two camps outside of Shanghai, their train movement to Peiping, displacement to Pusan Korea and eventually to the coal mines in northern Hokaido where they were finally liberated.)
"Pacific Alamo the Battle for Wake Island" by John Wukovtits. (Published in 2003.)
Hell Wouldn't Stop: An Oral History of the Battle of Wake Island" by Chet Cunningham. (Published in 2002 - Cunningham is the brother of a Wake defender)
"Wake Island 1941 - A Battle to Make Gods Weep" by Jim Moran. (Published in 2011)
"The Story of Wake Island" by James P.S. Devereux. (Published in 1965 (first in 1947), the Marine Commanders Perspective)
"A Magnificent Fight: Marines in the Battle for Wake Island" - Marines in World War II Commemorative Series by Robert J. Cressman.
"Wake Island Command" by Winfield Scott Cunningham. (Published in 1962, the Navy Commanders Perspective)
81st Anniversaries of Pearl Harbor, Wake Island & Guam Daily Itineraries
5 Dec Mon - (Day 1)
Depart for Hawaii. Arrive in early afternoon with evening at leisure. Hotel: Holiday Inn Beachcomber
6 Dec Tue - (Day 2)
After breakfast depart for the “Punch Bowl” Cemetery before heading for the Arizona Memorial, Bowfin, Pacific Aviation Museum and USS Missouri on Ford Island.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Beachcomber (Breakfast/B)
7 Dec Wed - (Day 3)
Commemoration of the 81st Anniversary of the fateful attack at Joint Base Pearl Harbor—Hickam. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy the beautiful Waikiki Beaches. Hotel: Holiday Inn Beachcomber (B)
8 Dec Thur - (Day 4)
Morning to enjoy Waikiki Beach. Afternoon departure for Guam. (Cross international dateline, lose a day) Arrive 9 Dec. (B)
9 Dec Fri - (Day 5)
Arrive Guam early evening. Check into our Tumon Bay Resort. Hotel: Outrigger Resort
10 Dec Sat - (Day 6)
Today is a special day of commemorations of the invasion of one of the only two American territories to be occupied by Japanese forces in WWII. We will attend a special ceremony at the Plaza de Espana, site of the heroic defense by the Guam Insular Guard and US Naval Forces. Following lunch, we have tours of the Guam battlefields of 1941 and the liberation by US forces in 1944. Hotel: Outrigger Resort (B/L)
11 Dec Sun - (Day 7)
After breakfast we will have the Wake Island Symposium on the “Alamo of the Pacific.” Remainder of the day free to enjoy Guam before the Guam / Wake
Island Anniversary Banquet, with invited national and local dignitaries. Hotel: Outrigger Resort (B/D)
12 Dec Mon - (Day 8)
Early flight to Wake Island w/ breakfast on the charter jet. Upon arrival, debark and proceed to the holding area where you will be briefed on the plan for the day. We will have a 81st Commemoration Ceremony honoring the initial Japanese invaders repulsion by the US defenders at the Wake Island Memorial. There will be ample opportunity to visit the nearby beaches and historical sites prior to the ceremonies commencement. You will be given a boxed lunch upon arrival and will be free for the balance of the day to visit the numerous historical sites on the island. After the no host happy hour at the Drifter Reef Club with the current island personnel and dinner we depart after dusk for our flight back to Guam. Return to the hotel about 11:30 PM. Hotel: Outrigger Resort (B/L/D)
13 Dec Tue - (Day 9)
This morning is a recovery day from our Wake Island exploration. After a late breakfast, the day is free to enjoy the Tumon Bay beach or pools at the Outrigger. Tonight we gather for a Farewell Fiesta at John Gerber's Pacific War Museum hosted by the Guam Chapter of the Third Marine Division Association.
Hotel: Outrigger Resort (B/D)
14 Dec Wed - (Day 10)
Depart for home or join Saipan/Tinian post tour. Arrive back in the USA early on the same day. (Cross International date line - gain a day)
Post Tour Saipan & Tinian
Day 1 - 14 Dec Wed
Morning flight to Saipan and begin a full day WWII history tour of Saipan beginning at the American Memorial Park Visitor Center. Next , the 2d and 4th Marine Division beaches where you can feel how exposed the Marines were to Japanese observers on Mt Tapotchau towering 1500 feet above us. Follow the progression of the battle south to Aslito/Isley Airfield. Next proceed through the infamous "Death Valley," flanked on the east by "Purple Heart Ridge" and on the west by the ever-imposing Mt Tapotchau. Following the flow of the 1944 battle northward, pass the notorious battle site of the mass banzai attack. End the day at "Suicide Cliff" and "Banzai Cliff." Check into the Pacific Island Club. Group dinner on the beach in the evening. Hotel: Pacific Island Club (PIC) (B/L/D)
Day 2 - 15 Dec Thur
Depart for Tinian Island and marvel at the small, narrow invasion beaches where the Marines landed surprising the Japanese defenders. See pillboxes and the rusted hulk of a landing craft. Explore the now abandoned North Field…in 1944-45 the most active airfield in the world with hundreds of B-29 bombers and tens of thousands of airmen and support troops. Visit the "bomb pits" where the atomic bombs were loaded on the Enola Gay and Bockscar before using Runway Able taking off for Hiroshima & Nagasaki. Fly back to Saipan late afternoon. Hotel: PIC (B/L)
Day 3 - 16 Dec Fri
This morning we visit the American Memorial Park and the CMMI museum, spanning all periods of Saipan history, as well as recovered Spanish treasure. After lunch, the remainder of the day will be at leisure to take care of any unfinished shopping, take a swim on the invasion beach or the great pool or to pack for an early morning flight to Guam. Hotel: PIC (B/L)
Day 4 - 17 Dec Sat
Connect in Guam to our flight home arriving back in the USA on the same day (cross international dateline.)
81st Commemorations & Return to Wake Island, Pearl Harbor & Guam (5 — 14 Dec 2022)
- Product Code: 2212-PAC-WAKE
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