Largest island in
the Florida Island Group, also known as"Nggela Sule" or "Big Gela". This large island surrounds Tulagi Island. To the south is the large island Nggela Pile.
The Japanese occupied the area during May 1942, and established a seaplane base at Gavutu / Tanambogo and occupied Tulagi. On August 7, 1942 at 7:45am US Marines landed at the tip of a peninsula at the southern tip of Florida Island, south of Purvis Bay (Tokio Bay).
This was the first US Marine
Corps landing during the August 7, 1942 attack. Its goal was
to provide flank cover to the nearby landing at Blue Beach on Tulagi.
The Haleta landing met no resistance. Not a single landing craft
of the first wave was able to set its passengers directly ashore.
All of them
hung up on coral at distances from 30 to well over 100
line, and the assault personnel waded ashore against
no opposition, through water initially from waist to
Halavo Bay (Balava)
Halavo village along Halavo Bay bordering Gavutu Harbor.
Halavo Seaplane Base (Halavo Bay, Balava)
Site of the American
seaplane base, on shore were many large fuel tanks and
of shore moorings for PBYs and other seaplanes.
Located on the south central coast of Florida Island. Used by the Japanese and US Navy. Several shipwrecks are abandoned in the bay.
In 1943, US Navy Seabees built camp facilities for 400 men and officers, a pier 10' by 130', a 2-by-12-pontoon finger pier for small craft, and two steel arch-rib warehouses.
Located on a peninsula at the southern tip of Florida Island west of Purvis Bay (Tokio Bay). In 1943, US Navy Seabees built workshops and a marine railway and landing craft repair base at this location.
Located on the southern coast of
Florida Island bordering Tulagi Harbor, north of Macambo and Tulagi. In 1943, US Navy Construction Battalion Seabees built PT Boat base housing facilities.
In 1943, the USN built a water pipe to supply
ships with drinking water, it runs from an underground stream inland,
to the Watering Hole Cave
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May 3, 2016