Wake Island (also known as Wake Atoll, pronounced /ˈweɪk/) is a coral atoll having a coastline of 12 mi (19 km) in the North Pacific Ocean, located about two-thirds of the way from Honolulu (2300 mi or 3700 km west) to Guam (1510 mi or 2430 km east). It is an unorganized, unincorporated territory of the United States, administered by the Office of Insular Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior. Access to the island is restricted, and all current activities on the island are managed by the United States Air Force.
Admiral Kimmel's attempt to reinforce the Island after the first attempt to take it failed was met with stunned disbelief from the New Yorker, that he would've attempted such a feet in the face of over whelming and superior Japanese forces. The series of blunders that followed that allowed Wake to fall to the Japanese led to yet more embarrassment for the Roosevelt administration.
In 1943, after the U.S. retook Midway Island, the Japanese could launch nuisance air raids from Wake using Bettys but didn't bother since it served no strategic purpose. It was clear they would not hold onto Wake for much longer.