The 80th Anniversaries of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, the Battle for Wake Island and the Invasion of Guam has been postponed until 2022 as final permission from the Department of the Interior and the US Air Force was denied this year due to COVID-19.
Tour Host: MajGen O.K. Steele, USMC(Ret) Commanding General 2nd Marine Division/Historian
CLICK HERE FOR THE WAKE ISLAND DEFENDER VIRTUAL CEMETERY created by Mark Stevens
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 80th 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)
80th Commemorations & Return to Wake Island, Pearl Harbor & Guam (5 — 14 Dec 2021)
- Product Code: 2112-PAC-WAKE
- Availability: Call to be put on waiting list