Arriving in Hawaii in August 1940, Liz's dad watched the military overtake the island paradise. As adapted from No Ordinary Soldier: My Father's Two Wars― 

A khaki green caravan of tanks, armored cars, and jeeps rumbled through Honolulu’s streets, where barefoot children walked. Airplanes on military missions roared above. Poised sentries guarded important plants, buildings, and other sites as carefree tourists lounged on beaches. Newspapers reported a possible air attack. Hawaii gave way to its military role in the Pacific.  


These photos capture Oahu’s dual role as playground turned war zone. Hover over or click on the photos to view captions. 

7th Air Force Striking Islands in the Central Pacific.