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Check Six: Camp Tawara – 77 years ago

June 12, 2019

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

Camp Tarawa trained over 50,000 servicemen between 1942 and 1945. Originally an Army camp named Camp Waimea, when the population in town of Waimea on the Island of Hawai‘i was about 400, it became the largest Marine training facility in the Pacific following the battle of Tarawa.

There were three ways to get to Camp Tarawa – by narrow-gage sugarcane freight train; by hard-axle truck or on foot. Pyramid tent cities and streets of long convoys of jeeps, trucks, half-tracks, tanks, artillery, amphibious ducks made up the formidable, but top secret, Camp Tarawa.

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