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    Jiropa Plantation (Giropa Point, Giropa Plantation) Oro Province PNG

Location
Jiropa Plantation is a pre-war coconut palm plantation growing copra. The ground is flat and dominated by rows of coconut palms and borders Simemi Creek to the east.

Wartime History
During the evening of December 29, 1942 the Australian Army, 2/10th strengthened by a company of the 2/9th and four newly arrived Stuart tanks attacked the area between Giropa Point and the mouth of Simemi Creek, but gained nothing. On December 31, 1942, the 2/12th Battalion relieved the 2/9th Battalion and resumed the attack. When the Japanese defenses at Jiropa were overrun, they were abandoned or bulldozed over to bury the Japanese dead inside.

Today
Reportedly, there is a Japanese plaque commemorating their war dead at this location.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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