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    Ruaniu Guadalcanal | Guadalcanal Province Solomon Islands


U.S. Army 1942
Location
Ruaniu village is located near the mouth of Ruinin Creek on Bunani Point (Bunina) on the north coast of Guadalcanal. To the west is Domo Cove and to the southeast is the mouth of the Umasani River and beyond Tassafaronga Point and Bonegi (Mbonege). Borders Iron Bottom Sound to the north. Prewar and during the Pacific War part of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate (BSIP). Today located in Guadalcanal Province in the Solomon Islands.

Prewar
Ruaniu Plantation was a copra plantation planted on Bunani Point with coconut palms harvesting copra.

Wartime History
During May 1942 Japanese forces occupied Guadalcanal. During the Battle of Guadalcanal, the Japanese used this area as a Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) supply area to land reinforcements. On October 14, 1942 at midnight, Japanese ships from the high speed convoy (first assault convoy) "Tokyo Express" run began unloading in the vicinity until dawn when spotted by U.S. planes and targeted by bombing and strafing missions that resulted in three transports including Sasako Maru, Azumasan Maru and Kyūsyū Maru were hit, set on fire then deliberately beached and sunk.

On February 7, 1943 the U.S. Army 25th Division, 161st Infantry reached Bunani Point (Bunina) without resistance as the Japanese had withdrawn further to the west. Afterwards, the Bunani Point was used as a training area for amphibious landings by ships and landing craft. In May 1944 by USS Centaurus (AKA-17) conducted a training landing at Bunani Point.

Sasako Maru
Damaged and beached October 14, 1942 then sunk October 16, 1942.

Azumasan Maru (Deep Ruinin Wreck)
Damaged and beached October 14, 1942 then sunk during the night of October 16, 1942.

Kyūsyū Maru (Ruinin Wreck)
Damaged and beached October 14, 1942. with the bow above the surface until the 1960s.

References
U.S. Army in World War II - Guadalcanal: The First Offensive Chapter VII: Decision At Sea page 187 (photo)
U.S. Army in World War II - Guadalcanal: The First Offensive Chapter XV: Final Operations on Guadalcanal page 346 (Bunina)

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Last Updated
October 14, 2021

 

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