Pacific Island Exhibit (Mezzanine)
The Museum's Pacific Island Exhibit re-creates the environment of a jungle airfield in the World War II Pacific Theater. As Allied forces advanced across the Pacific during World War II as part of the "island-hopping" campaign, U.S. Navy Seabees began work on airstrips even while fighting still raged. Although impossible to re-create the heat, humidity, insects, and danger from enemy attack that was part of everyday life at airfields all across the Pacific during World War II, elements of the display such as its rustic shower give visitors a sense of a life out of the ordinary. These rough-hewn facilities were of critical importance as they supported the air campaigns that pounded islands slated for ensuing assaults.