Mount Talawe is located five miles inland from Cape Gloucester. Also known as "Mt. Talawe".
During middle December 1942, the Japanese Army 51st Division, 65th Infantry Brigade,
141st Infantry Regiment under General Matsuda established their headquarters near Mount Talawe at Kalingi, along the coastal trail northwest of Mount Talawe.
After the US Marine Corps landing at Cape Gloucester, the Marines advanced inland to this location. On January 30, 1944 this headquarters was captured
by the 7th Marines. Buried documents revealed the general
and units had escaped to the northwest.
A trail led to the south,
and despite the documents, it was suspected the Japanese fled southward.
Lt. Col. Puller organized a patrol from Aguupella to Gilnit on the
Itni River, inland of the south coast and Cape Bushing. Puller commanding the 1st Battalion 5th Marines too
less than 400, supplied by 150 native carriers to march to Gilnit.
They were supplied from the air, but killed only 75 enemy and took
one prisoner, and made contact with U.S. Army patrols from Arawae on February 16, 1944.
Ki-51 Sonia Manufacture
Crashed near Mt. Talawe
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January 11, 2018