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U. S. Army Jan 2, 1944
US Army January 2, 1944
American and Japanese missions against Saidor
On January 2, 1944 "Operation Michaelmas" LSTs and landing craft land the US Army, 6th Army, 32nd Infantry Division, 126th Regimental Combat Team (126th RCT) under the command of General Martin with the 120th Field Artillery plus elements from the 32nd Infantry Division. The landing bypasses the Japanese garrison at Sio to the east.
At Saidor, the U. S. Army used carrier pigeons for the last time in their history to deliver messages from offshore boats to troops ashore, delivering messages before radios were setup. Approximately 200 Japanese defended the Saidor area, but most fled inland and withdrew over inland trails towards Madang.
Afterwards, the Americans developed Saidor into a base area and Saidor Airfield into an important forward airfield. The US Navy was established along Dekays Bay.
Yamai Airfield (Saidor #2, Tarlitce)
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