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February 3, 2013 in City
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Bonnie Gilbert, of Coeur d’Alene, has written a book about Wake Island in World War II. Her father and grandfather were both civilian contractors on Wake Island, which played an important but little-known part in the war.

Wake Island civilian POWs head for the Nitta Maru for transport to Japanese prison camps in January 1942, in this National Archives photo.

Ted Olson, above, seen in 1938, and his father, Harry Olson, both were on Wake. Harry, left, is seen in 1942.