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    Bauroko (Bairoko) Western Province Solomon Islands
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Justin Taylan 2003

Location
Bauroko village is located on the northern coast of New Georgia Island. Borders Bauroko Harbor to the west, Leland Lagoon to the east and beyond Kula Gulf to the north. To the east is Dragons Peninsula (Dragon Point). Wartime Allied spelling "Bairoko". Prewar and during the Pacific War part of the British Solomon Islands. Today located in Western Province in the Solomon Islands.

Wartime History
During 1942, occupied by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and developed into a staging base area with shipping able to unload or anchor in Bauroko Harbor. During the middle of 1943, the Japanese built defenses in this area anticipating a landing in the area or attack by American forces. Attacked by American aircraft in an attempt to suppress and neutralize the area.

American missions against Bauroko
July 2, 1943–August 7, 1943

In July 1943, Bairoko was the objective of the American Northern Landing Force (NLG) after landing at Rice Anchorage, capturing Enogai then advancing towards Bairoko. The advancing U. S. Marines were stopped to the east on the Dragons Peninsula by strong Japanese defenses including heavy mortars that stopped their advance.

References
Marines in the Central Solomons - Chapter 4: From Rice to Bairoko pages 96-99, 101-104, 107-121

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October 23, 2019

 

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