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    Morobe (Morobe Town) Morobe Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Location
Lat 7° 45' 0S Long 147° 37' 0E  Morobe is located on the north coast of New Guinea. Also known as "Morobe Town". At this location the mouth of the Morobe River empties into the sea and is navigable for nearly 1.75 nautical miles inland. Prewar and during the Pacific War part of the Territory of New Guinea. Today located in Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Prewar
During August 1888, Morobe was established by Germany as a trading post for the Neu Guinea Kompagnie (NGK). On January 11, 1915 Morobe was the last German station in New Guinea to be occupied by the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF).

Wartime History
By early April 1943, there were no Japanese in the Morobe area. On April 8, 1943 Morobe was scouted by PT-114 as a location for a U. S. Navy (USN) PT Boat superior to the PT Boat base at Douglas Harbor on Cape Ward Hunt. On April 14, 1943 PT-128 landed U. S. Army soldiers from the 41st Division to occupy the harbor area and by late April 1943, PT Boats began arriving and established Morobe River PT Boat Base at the mouth of the Morobe River.

Morobe River PT Boat Base (Morobe PT Boat Base)
Established as PT Advanced Base April 20, 1943

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Last Updated
March 22, 2020

 

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