Nowhere did the expected "pockets of resistance" develop. The Japs quit as unanimously as they had fought. Did they all suddenly realize the hopelessness of the struggle? Or all bow to the will of the Emperor? Or all share a hope of their power's revival? Anyway, they quit.

At Wake, Redemption. When the Stars & Stripes went up on Wake Island (see cut), the U.S. redeemed the second territory (after Guam) to be occupied by a foreign foe since 1814.

The Japs had eaten all the island's gooney birds, and most of its rats....

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