Work Travel Photos

Excavating WWII remains at Kwajalein Atoll.

Associated artifacts indicated that these were Japanese soldiers. Did their families ever know what became of them?

Preparing to fly from Illegenni Island to Kwajalein Island. No, I’m not driving! The pilot was kind enough to let me sit in his seat for a photo op.

Cute kid on Ebeye Island. Ebeye is an 80 acre island that is the crowded home to 15,000 Marshallese.

Arctic Archaeology. My son Justin helped on this trip. I had to do a quck archaeological survey for a building project at Fort Greely, Alaska. Here we are digging a grid of shovel test pits in September 2004. It is about 25 degrees. Not the best conditions for sifting dirt!

These guys kept interupting our work.

Conducting a site survey outside Fort Greely c2002. The sun is setting at about 2pm. It warmed up to -30 that day.

I was ready for a big cup of hot coffee!

I found this point on the surface during a archaeological survey at Fort Greely during the summer of 2005. Surface finds like this are rare in interior Alaska. This is a Northern Archaic Side Notched Point 4,000 – 6,000 years old.

On Graphite Lake, 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Summer 2001

The Yukon River from the air. This is near the Arctic Circle.

Reflection of Sugar Loaf Mountain, across the still waters of Prince William Sound from Valdez Alaska. I broke my leg a short time after I took this shot. It turned out to be a pretty crappy day!

Inspecting the remains of a Japanese steam launch. Two of these were on the shore of Toton Island at Wotje Atoll. They were casualties of American bombing raids in 1944-1945.

New friends on Bigen Island, Aur Atoll. They’ve just chopped open a coconut for me. Warm coconut milk in the tropics, how refreashing! Yum. It was the thought that counted.

The Missile Site Control Building, part of the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex (SRMSC) in North Dakota. This complex was the first operational anti-ballistic missile site in the free world. It operated for less than a year in the early 70s and was shut down as part of treaty negotiations with the Soviet Union. The entire site is now considered elegible for the National or Historic Places. I handled most of the historic preservation issues for this site back in the 1990s.

This is the missile field next to the SRMSC “pyramid.” Sprint Missile launch tubes in the foreground.

POW Rock on Wake Atoll. An anonymous American POW chiseled “98 US PW 5-10-43” on the boulder which sits on the lagoon shore of Wilkes Island. These 98 men were murdered the following October by their Japanese captors.

One of the many Japanese pill boxes on Wake Island. This one guards the ocean side beaches near the south tip of the island. Most of these Japanese defenses were actually built by American POWs.

Posing with a US Navy dud 14 inch projectile on Peale Island, Wake Atoll. This was fired by US forces sometime after the Japanese took the Atoll in 1941. Don’t worry the shell is not fused and it had no explosive filler. . . I don’t think.