December, 1941. With no hope of relief or re-supply, a small band of United States Marines try to keep the Japanese Navy from capturing their island base.

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Maj. Geoffrey Caton
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Lt. Bruce Cameron
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Pvt. Joe Doyle
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Pvt. Aloysius K. 'Smacksie' Randall
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Shad McClosky
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Capt. Bill Patrick
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Johnny Rudd
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In November 1941, Major Caton takes command of the small Marine garrison on Wake Island. His tendency toward spit and polish upsets the men's tropical lassitude, but Pearl Harbor changes everything. Soon the island is attacked and the Marines pull together day by day; but how long can they hold out? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Capt. Henry Elrod, who is represented by Macdonald Carey's Lt. Bruce Cameron character, was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. See more »

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In a shot of the Japanese ships just before the Marines open fire, a patrol boat can be seen already on fire. See more »

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Pvt. Aloysius K. 'Smacksie' Randall: The dumber those guys get, the more stripes you get.
Pvt. Joe Doyle: You oughta look like a zebra.
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'Realistic study of brave men in War...
15 September 2000 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

"Wake Island" is a battle for a small atoll in the Central Pacific Ocean west of Honolulu, which was attacked by the Japanese on December 7, 1941, hours after Pearl Harbor... The small U.S. marine garrison held out until the Japanese overran the island on December 23...

It is a story of sacrifice of the gallant and doomed defenders, movingly portrayed by William Bendix, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy, MacDonald Carey and others... The battle scenes are chillingly photographed in Black and White, and the movie blows the clarion call for a new heroism... It is the 'Alamo of the Pacific,' the cry of 'Remember Wake Island," with the same stirring effects as 'Remember the Alamo,' one hundred years previously...

Well done within its limits, the film bears the unmistakable stamp of truth, and hails as a realistic portrayal of brave men in war...


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