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Military History of Whidbey Island


Life on Whidbey Island is rather idyllic; drives along scenic coastal routes or through rolling farmlands speak to peaceful days. Surprisingly, Whidbey is also an island of contrasts. With almost 20,000 military and civilian personnel and family members supporting Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island has long been viewed as a key defense site.

The island’s military history runs just as deep as the history of the quaint settlements by pioneers and explorers looking to make Whidbey home.

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