Navigational stick chart

[LBJ Library photo by Ruth Goerger]

This week's artifact is a navigational “stick-chart” (1973.8710.1) used by Marshall Islanders to travel long distances by sea. They fixed their position between atolls – the shells – by interpreting wave patterns indicated by the sticks.  

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On June 21, 1940, Lyndon Johnson was appointed Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve (USNR). Reporting for active duty on December 10, 1941, three days after Pearl Harbor, he was ordered to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D. C., for instruction. Stationed in New Zealand and Australia, he participated as an observer on several bomber missions in the South Pacific and was awarded the Army Silver Star Medal by General Douglas MacArthur. read more

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