The Pacific theatre of World War 2 left many traces behind. The shipwrecks
of Chuuk Lagoon
are probably the most famous, but they're hardly the primary reminders of former military action present in the day-to-day lives of many Micronesians.
Besides the many large-scale remains of the war, such as abandoned airfields Quonset huts
, and abandoned bunkers
, many Micronesians live with recycled WW2 materials of a smaller kind.
is one of the most commonly seen pieces of WW2 materiel, and Marsden airstrips still exist. The materials have also found new life as walkways
, construction materials
, and, most often, as fencing (2)
In the Marshall islands, Japanese military rice cookers
have been turned into water catchments, and 127 mm ammunition boxes
have been repurposed as water catchments, storage lockers, and copra
The scavenging of airplane parts is perhaps the zenith of Pacific war recycling. B-24s
, in particular, presented a wealth of parts
that found new peacetime purposes, such oxygen cylinders, propellors, and fuselage pieces. Even after the war, the US military was leaving behind items that the local people found useful: drop tanks
For even more photos and text about Micronesian military recycling, check out this PDF
(note: 7 MB).