a gamble that the Japanese would be stopped in their southward movement at New
Guinea and the Solomon Islands, a major staging base was built at Espiritu Santo
island in the New Hebrides.
base, known as Buttons, became a city of 100,000 servicemen and provided every
service needed to the Army, Navy and Marines to pursue their contact with enemy
forces. Supplies from kitchen ware to heavy construction equipment to ice cream
for the troops was available here. Several airfields on the island served military
squadrons en route to battle zones in the north.
the Allies pushed the Japanese further north, Buttons became of less use and was
eventually abandoned, but not before pushing hundreds of tons of new and serviceable
fighting gear into the ocean at what later became known as Million Dollar Point.