Atoll: An historical journey to the Central Pacific

2010-12-22 by

With the assistance of the U.S. National Archives, the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command and the United States Marine Corps History Division, as well as several smaller archival sources in Connecticut, Florida, Texas, American Samoa, Wallis Island and Tarawa, writer Jeremy Edward Shiok has been able to establish the wartime itinerary of his grandfather, Edward W. Shiok (1924-1988), which Jeremy traveled in 2010.

The route retraced the V Amphibious Corps, 8th Defense Battalion, from Pago Pago (American Samoa) to Wallis and Futuna (French Overseas Territory), Funafuti (Tuvalu) and finally Tarawa and the outer atoll of Abemama (Republic of Kiribati).

In each location Shiok met with local historians and cultural leaders in an attempt to absorb the atmosphere of the native culture and environment, to understand what effects American military actions had on local populations and to hear contemporary concerns for the future.

A writer, editor and publisher, Jeremy Edward Shiok has lived in Alaska since 2000. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2003 and has taught in the CWLA Dept at UAA. He is publisher and editor of the literary journal ‘Two Review.’ This event was held in honor of Veterans Day.

This podcast was recorded on Nov. 11, 2010.



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