Viru Harbor is an inlet located on the southeastern tip of New Georgia Island in the New Georgia Islands (New Georgia Group) in Western Province in the Solomon Islands. The Mango River, Tita River and Viru River feed into the harbor. Near the mouth of Viru Harbor is Tombe on the eastern side and
Tetemara on the western side.
During the middle of 1943, occupied by the Japanese Army 1st Battalion, 229th Infantry Regiment. During late June 1943, they setup rear guard defensive positions to the east and fought rear guard actions as U. S. Marines advanced from Regi.
On June 30, 1943 USS Kilty APD-15 and USS Crosby APD-17 passed the mouth of Viru Harbor before landing at Regi as the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) 1st Raider Regiment, 4th Marine Raider Battalion under the command of Michael S. Currin had advanced Regi to attack the villages on both sides of the inlet.
History of the U. S. Marine Corps Operations in World War II - Chapter 2 pages 63, 64, 65, 67, 70, 71, 72, 73, 78, 85 Footnotes 5, 13
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October 23, 2019