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    Karekodobu (Karekodobu, Kalikodobu) Central Province PNG

Location
Lat 9° 44' 4S Long 147° 43' 29E  Karekodobu is an inland village along the Kapa Kapa Trail. The trail from Kapa Kapa (Gabagaba) led by a rough road to Karekodobu. Wartime spelling "Kalikodobu".

Wartime History
Nicknamed "Kalamazoo" by American troops, as the local name was hard to pronounce, and because Kalamazoo, Michigan was a town familiar to many 32nd Infantry Division soldiers.

During early October 1942, US Army, 32nd Infantry Division command post (CP) was established at this location by Major Baetcke.

On October 14, 1942 nine hundred US Army troops under the command by Lt. Col. Henry A Geerds including the 32nd Infantry Division, 126th Infantry Regiment plus the 114th Engineer Battalion and 19th Portable Hospital with several hindered native carriers began walking the Kapa Kapa Trail. These forces would be the only Americans to cross the Owen Stanley Mountains on foot.

References
HyperWar: US Army in WWII: Victory in Papua page 111-112

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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