Army & Navy - Tropical Lagoon

The Pacific war flowed swiftly westward and a great naval supply system, from Pearl Harbor to Australia, was left behind. In its stead, another of the Navy's imposing monuments to U.S. speed and ingenuity was built and implemented. By last week one of its secret-wrapped bases was far enough in the rear for the Navy to feel safe in unwrapping it. The base was Manus in the Admiralty Islands, more than 6,000 miles southwest of San Francisco, a key supply and repair point for the Philippine invasion.

Only a year ago the string...

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