World Battlefronts: Mighty Atoll

To most news readers Ulithi means no more than Ailinglapalap, another Pacific atoll. But to U.S. Navy men Ulithi for nearly a year has been a home, a grocery store and an arsenal. Until last week it was also a military secret.

Ulithi is a series of flat, palm-dotted islands (strung onto a necklace-shaped atoll). It is 110 miles east of Jap-held Yap, 400 miles southwest of Guam—and 4,000 miles nearer the war than Pearl Harbor. Ulithi was captured without opposition last September by the 321st Regiment of the 81st Infantry Division.* The Japs...

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