The Siege of Wake Island


3 Lieutenant Barninger’s battery had hit the light cruiser Yubari , flagship of the Japanese invasion force.

4 In the engagement of December 11, the Wake Island shore batteries sank one Japanese destroyer and badly damaged several other warships. Thirty miles southwest of the atoll, the Grumman fighters sank a second destroyer. It was the last time in the Pacific War that coast defense guns repelled an amphibious landing. —Ed.