Chuuk

Chuuk (formerly Truk) is comprised of many widespread islands and is probably best known today for the numerous Japanese ships that were sunk in the lagoon in 1944 by Task Force 58.  While Chuuk has had some tough economic times and high unemployment, one resource not lacking here is the natural beauty of the islands and lagoon.  I have a lot of great memories of the years we lived here.  Due to our limited time, we only visited Weno (Moen) and did not get to Tonoas (Dublon) as we had hoped. 
 

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South Field.  The Japanese constructed a seaplane ramp and air strip here with many fortifications.  Erosion of the beach and land has left some of these in the water.
Air raid shelter.  The South Field area is now the site of the Blue Lagoon Resort. 
Blue Lagoon Resort.  Originally built by Continental Airlines, the resort is now locally owned and caters to divers.  The views of the lagoon from the resort have to be seen to be believed.
 
We had a tour of some areas on Chuuk with Alpha, a driver from the Blue Lagoon.  We tried to find places we remembered from the early 1960s.  Many things had changed, but we were able to find some things that we could relate to.
Quonset buildings on the Truk Trading Company grounds.  For more about these, see:  http://gmbhome.com/quonset/ww2mic.htm 
In the middle of this photograph, you can see a concrete slab, all that's left of a Quonset hut we used to live in, located in the area now known as Nefo.
Nefo Cave. Just up the hill from where we used to live, we knew it simply as the gun cave.  It seems that not many people visit here as the trail is almost non-existent. 

 
This cave is one of several that were blasted out of solid rock on a ridge with a commanding view of the lagoon.  The Japanese had numerous caves, trenches and concrete fortifications around this area .
 
Chuuk, Pt. 2
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