Lat 9° 32' 6S Long 160° 29' 16E Aola is located on the north coast of Guadalcanal. Borders Aola Bay to the north and forty miles to the west is Lunga Point.
On November 4, 1942 at 5:30am U. S. Navy Task Force 65 (TF 65) including USS Manley (DD-74), USS McKean (DD-90), USS Neville (APA-9), USS Heywood (APA-6) and USS Fomalhaut (AK-22) made an amphibious landing in Aola Bay at this location. The force included five hundred 14th Construction Battalion (Seabees) tasked with building an airfield plus the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion "Carlson's Riders" (less detachments) along with elements of the U. S. Army 147th Infantry Regiment and 5th Defense Battalion. On November 6, 1942 at dawn Carlson's Raiders departed on "Carlson's Patrol" (The Long March) inland along a jungle trail northwest towards the Reko River
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May 22, 2017