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    Jaure (Jauri, Iaure, Taure) Oro Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Lat 9° 16' 60S Long 148° 9' 0E  Located in the center of New Guinea along the Kapa Kapa Trail (Kapa Kapa - Jaure Track) at the headwaters of the Kumusi River. American wartime spelling "Jaure" or "Jauri". Also known as "Iaure" or "Taure". At this location, the trail splits into two tracks: one towards Waropi and the other further east towards Buna.

Wartime History
On October 4, 1942 US Army Captain Boice arrived at Jaure while conducting a reconnaissance of the Kapa Kapa Trail ahead of the main force from the 32nd Infantry Division, 126th Infantry Regiment. During October 20-28, 1942 exhausted soldiers reached Jaure then continued on their trek, strung out due to their arduous crossing. At Jaure, Lt. Col. Henry A. Geerds suffered a heart attack on the trail and was evacuated back to Port Moresby. Major Herbert Smith (supply liaison officer) took over as battalion commander.

References
HyperWar: US Army in WWII: Victory in Papua page 101, 102, 109, 111-117, 121 notes 26 & 27

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October 17, 2017

 

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