Mussau Island is located in the Saint Matthias Island Group (St Matthias Islands). Nearby is Emirau Island. Today part of the Murat Rural LLG of New
Ireland Province in Papua
New Guinea (PNG).
During 1942, Mussau Island was occupied by the Japanese until they withdrew in early 1944 and abandoned Korea and Chinese "comfort women" on the island. Without support, the
woman lived in horrible conditions that resulted in an outbreak
American missions against Mussau
March 23, 1944–November 3, 1944
After U. S. forces occupied Emirau Island on March 20, 1944, Seven Day Adventist missionaries
brought the Korea and Chinese women food and medical supplies. On March 23, 1944 the island's volcano erupted an ash plume and the island was bombarded by U. S. Navy Destroyers that were unaware the Japanese had withdrawn. In late March 1944 after American forces landed at Emirau Island, Seven Day Adventist missionaries
were allowed to bring the women food and medical supplies.
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