BASES: Little Pearl

Most home-staying U.S. citizens still think of Guam as a speck in the vast Pacific. But actually Guam is a sizable piece of land covering 206 square miles. By last week, four months after its recapture by U.S. forces, it was also taking shape as a great, new base which its commanders proudly characterized as the "Pearl Harbor of the Western Pacific."

Nearly 20,000 Navy, Marine, and Army construction specialists were working night & day to finish the base, now the biggest single building project under way in the Pacific. They had already set up stout defenses, expanded former Jap...

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