Peter Flahavin  Guadalcanal Revisited

January 1995 / February 1996  Peter Flahavin / Rod Bellars

Munro Battlefield (to the west of Pt Cruz)

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Munro battlefield, westward
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On this beach Companies A, B and D of the 1st Battalion / 7th Marines landed on September 27, 1942.They moved 500 yards inland to the top of Hill 84 (where the King Solomon is now) , where they were trapped by the Japanese.

Supported by naval gunfire they withdrew to the beach area between the tennis club and the Mendana Hotel (now the site of the National Gallery and Prime Ministers offices). From there, they were taken off by landing craft under heavy enemy fire from Point Cruz. Boat group leader Coast Guardsman Douglas Munro was killed here and awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour for his bravery.



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1st Battalion, 7th marines withdraws from its expossed position
West of Point Cruz under artillery and Naval gunfire support

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