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    Pegun Island (Mapia Island) Mapia Island Group | Papua Province Indonesia
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Location
Pegun Island is located in the southeast corner of Mapia Island Group (Mapia Atoll). The island is oriented north to south and measures roughly 4.3km in length and roughly 425m wide at the widest point. Also known as Mapia Island or Pulau Pegun in Indonesian. Today, located in present day Supiori Regency, Papua Province in Indonesia.

American missions againt Pegun Island (Mapia)
August 2, 1944 - November 18, 1944

Wartime History
During November 15-17, 1944, elements of the U. S. Army 31st Infantry Division, 167th Infantry Regiment made an amphibious landing at Mapia Island (Pegun Island). Those defenders who were not killed, fled into the jungle and most died of starvation.

B-25G Mitchell 42-65142
Pilot Carroll crashed November 12, 1944

After the battle or postwar, the remains of three individuals were recovered from Pegun Island including: Sgt Lunsford gunner aboard B-25G Mitchell 42-65142. Also recovered were three U. S. Army casualties including Sgt Vozniak, Pfc Scott and Pfc Wallock, all three officially declared dead August 19, 1944.

References
Pub. 164 Sailing Direction (Enroute) New Guinea page 251
Sgt Nicholas S. Vozniak, 13052332 (KIA October 19, 1944, BR) Philadelphia, PA
Pfc Verner B. Scott, Jr., 39010786 5th Air Force, HQ squadron (KIA, BR) Alameda, CA
Pfc Daniel Wallock, 36814552 8th Service Group, 1041st Signal Company (KIA, BR) Milwaukee County, WI
National WWII Memorial Registry - Nicholas S. Vozniak (photo) date of death listed as 10-19-44
NARA U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 - Nicholas S. Vozniak date of death 8-19-44
FindAGrave - SGT Nicholas S Vozniak (Saint Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery) date of death 8-19-44
FindAGrave - Verner B. Scott, Jr. (Manila American Cemetery)
Fold3 - Verner Scott
FindAGrave - PFC Daniel F Wallock (Manila American Cemetery) date of death listed as 8-19-44
Fold3 - Daniel Wallock

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Last Updated
January 11, 2018

 

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