Aerial overview of the Wake Island atoll, part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Wake Island was devastated by 185 mile per hour winds and a storm surge caused by Super- Typhoon ' Loke ' in August of
On Wake Island in the Japanese execute 97 captured Americans by machine gun. Only 1 man escapes the slaughter and carves US PW on large coral rock as an attempt to document the atrocity. He is later captured and beheaded. The rock is still there today.
USS Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752), an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer. On 13 June, the destroyer joined Task Group (TG) 12.4 and sailed for the western Pacific. A week later, while en route, Cunningham screened carriers launching air strikes on Japanese-held Wake Island. The group arrived at Leyte on 26 June.