Thursday, February 09, 2006

The Battle of Guadalcanal

Today, Feb. 9th, is the anniversary day of the victory
in the Battle of Guadalcanal. The battle was
fought 63 years ago. It was a long and hard fight. I
didn't think that the battle should be forgotten or the
men who fought it.
The Battle of Guadalcanal was one of the most important
battles of World War II, although quite small in comparison
to others. The assault on the Japanese-occupied island of
Guadalcanal by the Allied navies and 16,000 United States
troops on 7 August 1942, was the first offensive by US land
forces in the Pacific Campaign. Additional amphibious attacks
simultaneously assaulted the islands of Florida, Tulagi,
Battle of Guadalcanal
Part of World War II, Pacific War

U.S. Marines rest in the field on Guadalcanal, circa August-December 1942
Date:August 7, 1942 - February 9, 1943
Location:Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands
Result:Allied victory
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United States,
New Zealand,
Australia, Fiji, Tonga,
Solomon Islands
Frank Fletcher (tactical commander)
Alexander Vandegrift (ground force commander)
Hyakutake Haruyoshi (ground forces)
Gunichi Mikawa (naval forces)
29,000 (November 12)30,000 (November 12)
1,492 killed, 4,500 wounded15,000 KIA, 9,000 died from malaria

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