The following note appears in the ALPCA archive regarding these plate
NOTE! THESE PLATES ARE NOT LEGITIMATE; I have recently made contact with the man
who was in charge of the entire operation on Johnston Island two years prior to
its evacuation by the Navy. His name is Ben Janacek and he has a site on the Web
if you care to consult it. These plates were made up as souvenirs and were never
ever used. As part of a promotional scam they were placed on some vehicles, photographed,
and then removed. In particular some versions with "FIRE" and "POLICE"
were made and similarly photographed so they could be sold to collectors.
Identification of vehicles on Johnston Island was accomplished in 3 ways., Sometimes
a DOD number was painted right on the vehicle. In some cases U.S. Government plates
were issued and these were similar to all other U.S Government plates. Lastly
some vehicles which were barged to the island retained their original jurisdictional
plates in most cases from Hawaii.
Collectors are warned to beware of buying these plates unless they collect booster
or Souvenir type plates. They WERE NEVER USED ON THE ISLAND.
Click on plates for larger images
Images sent by Karl
Denhart of Ocala, Florida. (June 2003) Johnston Atoll License plates are
being used on the official vehicles. Karl notes,"I have pictures of these
beautiful plates on the police cars and the base commander's car. There are
only a small number of vehicles on the island and the plates are on police,
fire, base commmander vehicle and some other vehicles. Remember the island
is 3/4 mile wide and 2 miles long it has one road (and even it is not all
paved) The population of the island is down to less than 800 as the base is
closing and buildings are being demolished as we speak. The nerve gas plant
is currently being torn down. The plate is a based on the official flag which
is also recognized internationally."
Below are images of a police truck and fire truck on Johnston Atoll with the
type of plates shown above.