James Sinnott was transferred from the Naval Air Station at Pearl Harbor to Palmyra island in August of 1942. He served as a Radioman First Class and remained on the island until December of 1943.
 
Normally limited to showering and shaving in cold salt water, the men relished opportunities to shower outside, making the almost-200 inches of rain a blessing rather than a curse. Most often, the rains descended at night, giving them some slight relief from the over-100 day time temperatures.  

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Because Palmyra barely rises above sea level, all their buildings stood on stakes; the radio shack perched about 8 feet high. Nevertheless, on their first night on the island, an unusually high tide caught them by surprise and left the barracks floor flooded.
 
Despite the hardships, Jim speaks of his time on Palmyra with only fond memories and a yearning to go back to this unique and beautiful place he had a chance to call home.  

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