The War in the Pacific

Chuuk Historic Preservation Office

Chuuk Geography

World War II in Chuuk

World War II Time line


Sapuk Lighthouse

Truk Lagoon shipwrecks and aircraft

Contacts, web address and acknowledgments

War in Paradise
World War II sites in Truk Lagoon, Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia

Additional Information


Contacts/Web Sites

Chuuk Historic Preservation Office:
Phone 691 330 5912, Fax 330 5913.
Chuuk Visitors Bureau: P.O. Box FO, Weno, Chuuk FSM 96942,
Phone: (691) 330-4133, Fax: (691) 330-4194, Email:
USA National Park Service:


In addition to the Mayor of Tonoas, Gradvin Aisek, and the Tonoas traditional chiefs and interpreter, a number of other people helped in the preparation of this booklet and the signs.

  • USA National Parks for the Special Project funding.

  • Governor Ansito Walter, PhD.

  • David Welle, Arimichy Rudolph and Anerit Mailo, Chuuk HPO.

  • The staff and friends of the Municipality of' Tonoas, especially during the field surveys

  • Ignacio Stephen, Director, Department of Commerce and Industry.

  • The Director and staff of the Chuuk Department of Transport, including the boat operators, particularly Anthony and Conolly.

  • Fran Hezel and Clark Graham, for their useful advice.

  • USA Department of the Navy (Navy Historical Centre)

  • Micronesian Seminar, Pohnpei.

  • Jeremy Green and Corioli Souter (Western Australian Maritime Museum).

  • Ed Punchard and Rhian Skirving (Prospero Productions).

  • Steve Graham and Salli Makin (formerly of the Truk Stop Hotel).

  • Greg Adams for the underwater photographs.

  • Ian Mac Leod (Western Australian Museum) and Andrew Viduka (Museum of Tropical Queensland) for the corrosion investigations.

  • Dr Shoko Yoneyama, Lecturer in Sociology, The University of Adelaide.

  • Dr Peter Burns, Centre for Asian Ships and Ceramics, Adelaide University

  • Dan Bailey and Klaus Lindemann, through information contained in their books.

Acknowledgement of Support:

This project has been financed in full with Historic Preservation Funds in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.


The contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Interior.

Non-discrimination and Equal Opportunity:

This program received Federal funds from the U.S. National Park Service. Regulations of the U.S. Department of Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in departmental Federally Assisted Programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or handicap. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against to any program. activity, or facility operated by a recipient of Federal assistance should write to: Director, Equal Opportunity Program, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, P.O. Box 37127, Washington, D.C. 20013-7127.

War in Paradise
World War II sites in Truk Lagoon, Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia

USP Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data

Jeffery, Bill
War in Paradise : World War II sites in Truk Lagoon, Federated States of Micronesia / Bill Jeffery. — Weno, Chuuk : Chuuk Historical Preservation Office, 2003.

26p. : 21 cm.

ISBN 982-9067-01-7
1. World War, 1939-1945 — Micronesia (Federates States) — Truk Lagoon 2. Shipwrecks — Micronesia (Federated States) — Truk Lagoon 3. Shipwrecks — Micronesia (Federated States) — Chuuk 4. Historic sites — Micronesia (Federated States) — Chuuk 5. Truk Lagoon (Micronesia) — History I. Title

D767.99.T78J45 2003   :  940.5426