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IJN c1942

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USMC December 9, 1942

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USN c1944

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USMC August 18, 1945

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via Flahavin c1972

Location
Lat 9° 25' 60S Long 159° 58' 60E  Kukum village is located on the north coast of Guadalcanal. Borders Kukum Bay. To the east is Lunga Point and Henderson Field.

Wartime History
Used as an anchorage by the Japanese during early July until August 7, 1942. During their use, they constructed a wooden pier at this location for unloading cargo from barges and ships.

After American forces occupied the area during August 1942, Kukum was developed into an unloading area for for unloading cargo. During December 1942, the Japanese pier was repaired. During 1943-1944 the area was further developed into an extensive wharf and dock depot area.

Fighter 2 (Kukum Field)
American built airfield along the coast.

Type 3 76.2mm Anti-Aircraft Gun
Emplaced in a recessed gun emplacement, with reinforced walls, captured by American forces

Type 3 76.2mm Anti-Aircraft Gun
Emplaced with sandbags, captured by American forces

Kukum Beach (Wharf, Dock Depot)
Developed into a wharf and depot area by the Americans. When Japanese artillery started up, the Kukum area was in range. After the battle of Guadalcanal ended, it was further developed into the main dock area on the island.

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May 3, 2016

 

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