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    Regi New Georgia Islands | Western Province Solomon Islands

Location
Lat 8° 34' 0S Long 157° 52' 60E  Regi is located on the souteastern coast of New Georgia Islands (New Georgia Group) in Western Province in the Solomon Islands. Seven miles to the west is Viru Harbor and to the northeast is Nono and Segi (Seghe).

Wartime History
During the night of June 27, 1943 the
U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) 1st Raider Regiment, 4th Marine Raider Battalion under the command of Michael S. Currin landed at Regi then advanced inland to the north crossing the Akuru River then the Mohi River while fighting rear guard actions.

Company P to land on the 28th at Nono village, just a few miles west of Kennedy's station. Currin was then to strike through the jungle to attack Tetemara at 0700 on 30 June, and capture the seacoast guns reported to be in Tetemara. The APDs Kilty and Crosby would then sail into the harbor and put ashore a 355-man occupation force consisting of Company B of the 103d; one-half of Company D, 20th NCB; Battery E (less one platoon) of the 70th Coast Artillery (Antiaircraft) Battalion; and a naval base unit.

Additional paragraphs of the order gave details concerning the proposed seizure of Wickham Anchorage and the development of Segi Point, but contained no instructions for Company O of the Raiders and that portion of the 4th Raider Battalion headquarters already at Segi.

 At 1600 that afternoon, Colonel Currin radioed Admiral Fort for permission to land at Regi, to use Company O as well as Company P, and to begin the operation on 27 June rather than 28 June.

References
History of the U. S. Marine Corps Operations in World War II - Chapter 2 pages 67, 69

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June 15, 2019

 

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