Pacific Heartbeat: Under a Jarvis Moon

Pacific Heartbeat: Under a Jarvis Moon

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 8:00pm

The story of 130 young men from Hawai'i who, from the late 1930s through the early years of World War II, were part of a clandestine mission by the U.S. federal government to occupy desert islands in the middle of the Pacific. The first wave of these colonists were Hawaiian high school students, chosen because government officials assumed Pacific Islanders could best survive the harsh conditions present on the tiny, isolated islands. For the young men, who were unaware of the true purpose of their role as colonists, what ensued is a tale of intrigue, courage, and ultimately, tragedy. Amazingly, these men (four of whom are still alive) are only now being recognized for their sacrifice, and efforts are underway for the United States to officially acknowledge them for serving their country.  Pacific Heartbeat: Under a Jarvis Moon airs Monday, May 12, 2014 at 8 p.m. on WXXI World.

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