AT HOME & ABROAD: Life on the Atolls

How many islands in the vast, inky blue expanse of the Pacific are occupied by U.S. forces is a military secret. Some islands get into the news from time to time. Many others are just map specks in the southern and middle Pacific. They may become news sometime; they may never be heard of until the war is over.

TIME Correspondent Robert Sherrod, who recently made a tour of several islands, last week wrote about life in the Pacific:

The most unpleasant feature of war is waiting. U.S. soldiers, sailors and marines defending Pacific outposts get along all right without...

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