75th Anniversary of the Battle of Wake Island
Capt. Adam Ayriss with Company C, 4th Tanks Battalion, and Noah Barnes from Boy Scout Troop #123 in Boise, Idaho, lay a wreath to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Wake Island in Boise. Five years ago, Barnes helped to create the memorial as part of his Eagle Scout project. His inspiration for the project was his grandfather who was captured during the battle and later killed as a Prisoner of War.
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75th Anniversary of the Battle of Wake Island Wreath Laying on December 7, 2016 in Boise, Idaho

Boise, ID. The United States Marine Corps honored Veterans and their families of the Battle of Wake Island on December 7, 2016 at 10

a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. In attendance was Alice Ingham, head of the Wake Island Survivors Group and wife to a POW of the

Battle; and Boy Scout Troop #123 who was responsible for the creation of the memorial in 2011. Then Boy Scout Noah Barnes, spearheaded

this initiative as part of his Eagle Scout project. He did so in memory of his great grandfather who fought in the battle and was a

POW.

 

The Battle of Wake Island began almost immediately after Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese. Marines and contractors from

Morrison-Knudsen company were able to hold the island for two weeks before surrendering. Many Americans lost their lives both in the

defense of the island and while prisoners of war. This memorial is one of two memorials in the continental U.S. that commemorate the

Battle of Wake Island. The third is on Wake Island.