The WWII Battle Sites of Guadalcanal

Seven decades past, Guadalcanal remains a vivid tribute to the lives lost and lives saved at this momentous battle. See here for how to visit. I will devote a separate piece to The Thin Red Line.

Red Beach, site of US landing, August 1942. The beach is a bowl, ideal for a trap so the Japanese did not expect a landing and defended coastal points instead. The initial landing was unopposed.

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Alligator’s Creek and Hell’s Point. 20 August 1942 Colonel Ichiki and 800 men died in a bonzai attack on the US landing force.

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US War Memorial.

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Solomons Peace Memorial Park built by the Japanese, in the shadow of the final stand at Mt Austen and Gifu.

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Tetere Beach and its abandoned amtracks.

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Edson’s Bloody Ridge, site of unsuccessful 1942 attempt to seize Henderson Field.

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US memorial marker in disrepair.

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Japanese memorial marker.

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Bonegi II, Japanese freighter sunk 13 November 1942, easy to swim out and snorkel.

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Various sites around the island have collected war relics.

Betikama School, run by the Seventh-Day Adventist Mission, utilizing a WWII Quonset hut.

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Vilu Open-Air Museum

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Hill 27.

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Foxholes on Hill 27.

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View from Hill 27, the US forces charged up the facing hill and then swung around to Hill 27

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Relics collected on Hill 27.

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Gifu, Mt Austen, site of the final defeat of Japanese forces.

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