World: Dagger Thrust at Marcus

A U.S. carrier task force steamed west. In the grey dawn, some 1,200 miles from Tokyo and well inside the perimeter of Japan's outer defenses, the big flattops turned their noses into the wind. From their flight-decks planes rose and headed for Marcus Island, a little apple tart lying on the blue spread of the Pacific.

Americans had called on Marcus before. In 1902 an expedition from Honolulu put in to the island with the hope of finding guano deposits. A Japanese marine force barred them. The Japs finally allowed the party...

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