2° 17' 60S Long 147° 49' 0 Rambutyo Island located to the east of Manus Island in the Admiralty Island Group (Admiralty Islands). Prewar and during the Pacific War part of the Territory of New Guinea. Today located in Manus
Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
On April 3, 1944, after a US Navy shore bombardment, US Army troops from the 12th Cavalry, 2nd Squadron (reinforced) with two platoons of engineers and two platoons of
shore battalion troops landed at noon and met no enemy resistance on the island.
Some Japanese were thought to be hiding in the rugged interior,
so the 2d Squadron was tasked with the mopping-up operation trekking over
unusually steep country and heavy jungle, where water was hard to
find. By 23 April, with the aid of an ANGAU warrant officer and native
guides and patrols, 30 Japanese had been killed and 5 more captured.
Further mopping up was left to the native police recruited by ANGAU.
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May 27, 2020