1995 / February 1996 Peter
Flahavin / Rod Bellars
Battlefield (to the west of Pt Cruz)
Munro battlefield, westward
this beach Companies A, B and D of the 1st Battalion / 7th Marines landed on
September 27, 1942.They moved 500 yards inland to the top of Hill 84 (where the King
Solomon is now) , where they were trapped by the Japanese.
by naval gunfire they withdrew to the beach area between the tennis club and the
Mendana Hotel (now the site of the National Gallery and Prime Ministers offices). From
there, they were taken off by landing craft under heavy enemy fire from Point
Cruz. Boat group leader Coast Guardsman Douglas Munro was killed here and awarded the
Congressional Medal of Honour for his bravery.
Battalion, 7th marines withdraws from its expossed position West of Point
Cruz under artillery and Naval gunfire support