About the Author

In early 1966, my Dad came home one night and informed us that we were going to move from New Jersey to a small island in the Pacific that Bell Laboratories had a project on and spend two years there. The island was Kwajalein. Beyond packing up our belongings and selling the house, I really don't recall much more about the impending move. However, I do remember that I mentioned it to one of my coaches at high school. His immediate reaction was, "Why would you want to move to a hell hole like Kwajalein?" It turned out he was part of the 4th Marine Division that assaulted Roi-Namur in 1944, so he had a little different perspective on it than my parents.

In the late 1980s, I reconnected with Kwajalein and was able to persuade a series of residents to sponsor me for visits out there, mostly to go diving. In 2007, I managed to borrow a side-scan sonar and brought it to Kwajalein to look for airplanes in the lagoon. In the seven years since then, our group has discovered around 50 complete aircraft or big cut-up pieces of aircraft as well as some small landing craft. In 2011, the emphasis shifted to trying to locate several specific planes that had gone down with some of their crew. We have found the wreckage of two of these aircraft and two more are yet to be discovered. The ones we have located did not have any remains of the MIAs.

I have been collecting Kwajalein photographs, books and memorabilia for a number of years. In 2010 I put together a PowerPoint presentation on Kwajalein in a "then and now" format. I showed it at a Kwajalein school reunion and a number of people suggested I write a book on Kwajalein. I had more people tell me that over the next few years and I finally sat down and did the hard work of writing the book. I hope you enjoy it.

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