Mr. & Mrs. Leslie Fullard-Leo, of Hawaii, purchased all but two of the islands of the Palmyra Atoll from Henry Cooper for $15,000 plus assumption of debts for a total of about $85,000. Title to the islands was eventually passed to their sons, Leslie Vincent, Dudley, and Ainsley Fullard-Leo.
During the '60s-'80s, the Fullard-Leo brothers attempted several times to develop Palmyra in a variety of ways, including plans for a fishing resort. But each time their plans were thwarted by financial difficulties, war, or the government. They came to the conclusion that Palmyra was too difficult to develop themselves.
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