A documentary about Wake Island Filmmaker Seth Randal opens his exhibit, “Independence Day: The Wake Island Men Come Home,” in his 8th Street studio Wednesday. The exhibit is part of Randal’s larger documentary project about Wake Island.
Part of Idaho history In early December 1941, more than 1,100 men — a quarter of them Idahoans — were working for Morrison-Knudsen, building a naval base on Wake Island in the Pacific. The island became a Japanese target just hours after Pearl Harbor. The MK civilians, along with 500 servicemen on the island, became prisoners of war. Others were executed.
A joyful return Randal’s exhibit tells the tale of the survivors’ return to Idaho. It includes video clips and more.
See the exhibition: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday (and the first Thursdays in August and September), at 404 S. 8th St., Suite L138, lower level, down the hall from Café Ole.