As well as keeping the men well fed, Ulithi also had the facilities needed to keep them entertained when they were off duty. One island, Mogmog, was dedicated to leisure and down time. It included a theater with a capacity of 1,200, sports facilities and ample opportunities for rest and recreation.
It certainly wasn’t all ice cream sundaes and bottled beverages at Ulithi, though. The Japanese made sure that the men stationed there didn’t forget that they were on a frontline naval base with a crucial part to play in the Pacific campaign. Indeed, they had launched bombing raids on the islands soon after the American occupation, although those early attacks seem to have caused little damage.