Wartime Use

A few examples of the many Quonsets that once stood on these islands. 


Coral was readily available on many islands and was often used to make walkways and walls.  Some of these features were quite elaborate.   On Saipan and Tinian, much of this labor was performed by the civilian workers originally brought in by the Japanese to work in the sugar cane and other industries. 


Photo by Roger Denis, 498th BG



314th BW Headquarters.

  Two standard Quonsets combined with a central structure.



Guam, 1945.   Rare color photos.  Courtesy of Al Wood, 19th BG, http://www.geocities.com/alwood.geo/life.html 

North Field, Guam Hospital

Quonset buildings in various stages of construction.

Tinian, 509th Composite Group camp.  The Tinian Tavern sign boasts of the "longest bar west of Oahu." 


Tinian, 509th CG.  Large warehouse style Quonsets.


Tinian, 509th CG.  Orderly room.
Tinian 1945 Photos from Air Force Historical Research Agency    http://www.maxwell.af.mil/au/afhra/wwwroot/photo_galleries/509_composite_group_history/toc/Facilities.htm

Two examples of Quonset huts made into pleasant-looking churches by adding some decorative features.  National Archives photos provided by http://www.quonsethuts.org/index.htm


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