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    Vangunu Island (Vanguan) Western Province Solomon Islands
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USN December 10, 1943

Lat 7° 45' 0S Long 156° 40' 0E  Vangunu Island is located of the New Gerogia Island Group (New Georgia Islands) in Western Province in the Solomon Islands. Also spelld "Vanguan" in some wartime sources. To the northwest is New Georgia Island and to the southeast is Gatukai Island (Nggatokae). Borders the Wickham Anchorage and Marovo Lagoon.

Wartime HIstory
During the Pacific War, occupued by a small force of Japanese that were quickly mopped up. Due to its rapid captured, the island was spared excessive damage to its jungles and palm groves.

Oleana Bay
Located on the southern coast of the island. During the early morning of June 28, 1943 e USMC Raider Battalion N company land from USS Schley (APD-14) and Q Company from USS McKean (APD-5) land at Oleana Bay despite heavy rain, strong winds and high surf, led by Major Clark. Some units were put ashore 6 miles from the designated beaches. Major Clark moved out along the Coastwatcher Trail, inland from the southern coast. After the island was secured, the Marines departed on July 12, aboard LCI 331 and LCI 332 and return to Guadalcanal.

Vura Bay
Located on the southern tip of the island, east of Oleana Bay. On June 30, elements of the US Army 43rd Infantry Division, 103rd Infantry Regiment landed at this location as part of the "Eastern Landing Force" of the New Georgia campaign, facing only minor resistance.

Village to the northeast of Vura Bay. USMC troops attacked this village located near Vura Bay at 1:30pm on June 28, was light at first then became heavy. By the afternoon, Raiders pushed through to the beach. During the early morning of June 29, Japanese attempted to land more troops aboard three barges.

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October 23, 2019


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