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Henry Elrod and his small contingent of Marines and their dozen Wildcats had been on Wake Island for merely days when the Japanese attacked the same day as the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Being across the date line, December 7 at Pearl was December 8 at Wake. The Marines accounted for themselves exceptionally well, certainly far better that the Japanese had anticipated and instead of an instant victory, the Marines and Naval shore batteries held the Japanese fleet at arm’s length for almost two weeks. In that time, Elrod was personally responsible for downing two Japanese bombers and with dropping two bombs on the stern of the destroyer Kisaragi. The bombs ignited Kisaragi’s depth charges and she went down fast. He is credited as the first American to bomb an enemy ship in action.
Japanese air superiority took its toll and soon the Wildcats were all destroyed or grounded. Elrod was given command of one of the shore batteries and its defense. When the Japanese came ashore in the very early hours of December 23, Elrod was killed carrying ammunition to one of his machine gunners. His exploits were not revealed until after the war.
Elrod was awarded the Medal Of Honor for his actions over these two weeks.
From an original painting by Robert Coker, CokerAirArt.
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• Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
• Paper weight: 5.57 oz/y² (189 g/m²)
• Giclée printing quality
• Opacity: 94%
• ISO brightness: 104%