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Charles DeRoller 2000

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Justin Taylan 2006

Location
Part of "The Gifu". Americans designated this location "Hill 35". Located at the foot of Mount Austen. The Wright Road was constructed around the hill towards "The Gifu".

Japanese Memorial
The main Japanese memorial on Guadalcanal was dedicated here in 1984. The memorial is a white sculpture, also a bronze sculpture of a fisherman facing the sea with a fishing net over his shoulder. The sculptor was Seiichi Takahashi a soldier killed on Guadalcanal. His home town donated the sculpture when the memorial was opened in 1984.

During the 60th anniversary we had ceremonies at both memorials. In fact a Japanese veteran spoke at the service at the US Memorial and an American veteran spoke at the Japanese memorial.

Attempted Theft of Bronze Statue
In late January 2008, villagers removed the bronze statue and drag it to Honiara to sell for scrap metal.

References
Thanks to John Innes for additional information.

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Last Updated
May 3, 2016

 

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