Pacific Alamo:

The Battle for Wake Island

By John Wukovits ’67 (New American Library)


A gritty narrative unfolding the events of the siege of Wake Island in 1941. The outnumbered U.S. Marines and other American military personnel stationed on the tiny atoll in the Pacific were joined by Wake island civilians in defending the island that Japan wanted as part of its plan for naval domination in the Pacific.

The author, a military historian, continues the story by following captured U.S. servicemen through their prisoner of war experiences and their eventual homecoming. The book contains 16 pages of photos.

(November 2003)