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SEPTEMBER 1945: PAGE 2

Ponape Harbor

PONAPE HARBOR: Seen from Kolonia is Ponape's main harbor.  In the background, Sokehs Rock rises over 600 feet above the sea.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps, Arthur H. Navarre Collection (Courtesy of Diane Hindy)

127mm Gun on Sokehs Rock

JAPANESE DEFENSES: Located on Sokehs Rock, this Japanese 127mm dual-purpose gun overlooked the main harbor town of Kolonia.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps, Arthur H. Navarre Collection (Courtesy of Bill Kehr)

Touring Ponape

TOURING PONAPE: A group of American officers is escorted by the Japanese to various facilities on Ponape.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps, Arthur H. Navarre Collection (Courtesy of Diane Hindy)

Radio Communications

RADIO COMMUNICATIONS: Sailors from the USS Hyman and USS Farquhar maintain continual radio contact with other groups inspecting the island.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps, Arthur H. Navarre Collection (Courtesy of Diane Hindy)

Grave of Bill Love and Crew

GRAVE OF BILL LOVE AND HIS CREW: Following the end of hostilities, the Japanese on Ponape erected this monument over the grave of the crew of MB-6 to impress the Americans.  Japanese characters on the monument explain that it is the "Grave of American Airmen."

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps, Arthur H. Navarre Collection (Courtesy of Diane Hindy)

German Church

GERMAN CHURCH: This old German church on Ponape was bombed by American aircraft after it was discovered that the Japanese were using the building for military purposes.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps, Arthur H. Navarre Collection (Courtesy of Diane Hindy)

Japanese Facility

JAPANESE FACILITY: Japanese sailors show the Americans the various facilities they had constructed on Ponape.  Although the exact purpose of this structure is not known, it appears to well-constructed with coconut tree logs.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps, Arthur H. Navarre Collection (Courtesy of Diane Hindy)

Native Children

NATIVE CHILDREN: Native children of Ponape greet VMB-613 members with smiles and curiosity.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps, Arthur H. Navarre Collection (Courtesy of Diane Hindy)

Japanese Gate

JAPANESE GATE: This traditional Japanese gate, known as a "Torii" was located on Ponape.  Gates such as these normally mark the entrance to a Shinto shrine.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps, Arthur H. Navarre Collection (Courtesy of Diane Hindy)

Japanese Working Party

JAPANESE WORKING PARTY: Under the watchful eye of an American serviceman, a group of Japanese sailors prepares to board a landing barge.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps, Arthur H. Navarre Collection (Courtesy of Diane Hindy)

Island Paradise

ISLAND PARADISE: Being a fairly large island, Ponape was covered with lush vegetation.  Unlike the coral atolls of the Marshall Islands, fresh water and growing food to support the garrison was not a problem for the Japanese.  As a result, no one on Ponape starved to death, despite the fact that the island was unable to receive supplies from Japan.

Photograph: U.S. Marine Corps, Arthur H. Navarre Collection (Courtesy of Diane Hindy)

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