October 26, 2017 will mark the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the SS President Coolidge in Vanuatu with the launch of a South Pacific World War II museum website.
— US Embassy Canberra (@USAembassyinOZ) May 2, 2017
The website has been launched with a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to provide information on how people can help with the establishment of a museum project and has latest photographic collection as well as video content about the war in the Pacific and it is planned continue to grow by day.
A weather beaten Catalina being re-suppled on Santo, Vanuatu most likely sometime in 1942. A seaplane ramp was built later that year. pic.twitter.com/Cl0aGPJ63v
— James Carter (@spitfiresearch) May 19, 2017
The website is a form news hub, updates and everything about a physical museum to be established and is in progress during the fundraising and construction phases of its development.
It will be erected on the site of a former World War II US Navy base in Luganville, on the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu.
It is projected that the museum will create many jobs and provide unique training opportunities for the local Santo people and will be a source of income for the local economy.
Photos & History
Luganville & Santo Today
— RA Pacific Beat (@RAPacificBeat) June 20, 2017
Million Dollar Point
After the war was over the US military dumped all the vehicles and machinery into the water. Great diving spot now. pic.twitter.com/fFMmE8s5LL
— S.P WWII Museum (@southpacificww2) March 22, 2017
Just back from Vanuatu after working with the South Pacific WWII Museum. These are shots of giant baker's ovens on the old Navy base site. pic.twitter.com/AIBStUP5ly
— James Carter (@spitfiresearch) July 19, 2017
Espiritu Santo referred here as US's largest military base west of Pearl Harbor & once known as mini United States.https://t.co/sl1EOyegiR
— S.P WWII Museum (@southpacificww2) August 14, 2017