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    Toem (Tum) Sarmi Regency | Papua Province Indonesia

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U. S. Army 1944

Location
Lat 1° 58' 36S Long 138° 59' 30E  Toem is located on the north coast of New Guinea in Papua Province in Indonesia. Borders Maffin Bay. To the southeast is the Tementoe River. To the north is Wakde Island. To the northwest is Arare. Also known as "Tum".

Wartime History
During late April 1944, many of the Japanese from Hollandia fled west toward the Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area, where the Japanese Army 36th Division was dug in with 11,000 troops.

Toem was occupied by elements of the Japanese Army 223rd Infantry Regiment "Yoshino Force" and 224th Infantry Regiment under the command of Lieutenant General Hachiro Tagami defending Lone Tree Hill near Maffin village overlooking Maffin Bay.

During June 1944, the U. S. Army 6th Infantry Division arrived at Toem to relieve the 158th Regimental Combat Team (158th RCT) and entered combat on June 20, 1944.

References
A Brief History of the 6th Infantry Division - D. The Battle for Lone Tree Hill, Maffin Bay, New Guinea

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July 27, 2017

 

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