Wake Island DVD

Wake Island (1942)

Director: John Farrow


December, 1941. With no hope of relief or re-supply, a small band of United States Marines try to keep the Japanese Navy from capturing their island base.


Wake Island was the first movie made about America in World War Two.

The Wake Island defenders were forced to surrender and spent the remainder of the war in captivity. They did not die fighting to the last man as the movie portrayed.

Some of the characters of the film were based on real people involved in the real battle:

  1. Maj. Geoffrey Caton (played by Brian Donlevy) was based off of Maj. James Devereux.
  2. Lt. Bruce Cameron (played by MacDonald Carey) was based off of Capt. Henry Elrod.
  3. Shad McClosky (played by Albert Dekker) was based off of Nathaniel "Dan" Teters.
  4. Cmdr. Roberts (played by Walter Abel) was based off of Cmdr. Winfield Cunningham.
  5. Capt. Pete Lewis (played by Rod Cameron) was based off of Maj. Walter L. J. Bayler.
  6. Capt. Bill Patrick (played by Damian O'Flynn) was based off of Maj. Paul Putnam.

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