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USMC Feb 21, 1943

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Lat 9° 4' 0S Long 159° 11' 60E  Pavuvu Island is a large island located in the Russell Island Group (Russell Islands)in Central Province in the Solomon Islands. Pavuvu is roughly nine miles across from north to south and eight miles across from east to west. To the east is the Sunlight Channel, Hai Island and Banika Island. Borders Pepesala Bay on the north center of the island.

Pepasala Peninsula
Peninsula and point located on the northern side of the island. To the north is Baisen Island.

Red Beach
On February 21, 1943 as part of "Operation Cleanslate", the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC), 3rd Marine Raider Battalion landed at "Red Beach" along Patty Bay on the eastern side of the Pepasala Peninsula and occupied the area, then proceeded to Baisen Island to the north. They depart on March 19 and return to Lunga Point on Guadalcanal.

1st Marine Division Camp Area
Prewar, this area was a Levers Brothers coconut palm plantation for copra. The 1st Marine Division established their camp area to the west of Pepasala Point, on the next peninsula over. Prewar, this area was a coconut palm plantation. Developed into a camp area, Amtrack and vehicle park and tent city. Marines recuperated on Pavuvu after Cape Glouchester (December 25, 1943 - early 1944) and after Peleliu (October 1944). Also used as a staging area for the invasion of Okinawa. After the war, the Americans left the area, and little trace of the camp remains and it has been replanted with palms.

Pavuvu Pier
Pier area on the eastern side of the peninsula. Connected by the shore road to the camp area. During late July 1944, the pier was damaged, and immediately repaired during the Division's pre-Peleliu maneuvers. An open, crushed coral area next to the pier was a parade ground where they did award ceremonies and training. On August 7, 1944 Bob Hope's USO show performed on a stage at this location to entertain the Marines. Other performers included Jerry Colonna, Patty Thomas and Francis Langford. Today, the pier portion is removed or otherwise missing.

Pavuvu Airfield (Cub Strip)
Portion of the shore road

Thanks to Herbert Caloud for additional information

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