Higaturu village is located inland from Buna Government Station near Popondetta.
Occupied by the Japanese and liberated by the Allies during the Buna campaign.
On October 5, 1942 1st Lt. Terrence J Carey survived the crash of B-25D "Battlin' Biffy" 41-29701 and was found alive by natives. Brought to the Japanese, Carey was decapitated at Higaturu.
After the Allies occupied this area, a headless skeleton was recovered from an isolated shallow grave was found containing a headless skeleton "in the vicinity of Soroputa" (Higaturu). No personal belongings were found with the remains. Nearby, but not associated with the grave was Lt. Carey's officer identification bracelet.
These remains were disinterred and designated unknown X-133 and temporarily in the USAF Cemetery Finschafen No. 2 (Finschaffen Cemetery) at grave 3492. Although the remains were believed to be Lt. Carey, but were apparently lost by the US Army or accidentally buried as an unknown, as he is still listed as Missing In Action (MIA) today.
The Australian administration in New Guinea apprehended, tried and executed New Guinea native "Parere" for the crime of murder.
The entire Higaturu area is planted with oil palm and is the center of oil palm operations in the Poponetta area.
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January 11, 2018