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    Sangigai (Sanggighae, Sagigai, Sanggigae) Choiseul Province Solomon Islands

Location
Lat 6° 57' 0S Long 156° 41' 60E  Sangigai village is located at an elevation of 830' near the center of the southern coast of Choiseul Island. To the northwest are Vogara and Voza. Also known as Sangigai, Sagigai or Sanggigae.

Wartime History
During late 1943, occupied by a Japanese force of approximately 200 that maintained a barge station at Sangigai.

On October 30, 1943, U. S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Krulak, the 2d Battalion commander attacked Sangigai and captured the village unopposed. Defenders fled inland, then launched a banzai attack that was repulsed. There, the installation and a barge were destroyed. Captured documents included a chart pin pointing mine fields off Bougainville. The company then linked up with landing craft and made it back to base that evening. The cost of the victory was 6 dead, 1 missing, and 12 wounded, including Krulak, who suffered wounds in his face and arm from fragments. A flying boat evacuated the severest casualties and picked up the invaluable mine charts. 72 Japanese were killed. Coastwatcher Station Del Located on Mount Alikona, near the southern coast of the island, inland from Sangigai.

Coastwatcher Station Del
Located on Mount Alikona inland from Sangigai near the southern coast of Choiseul Island.

References
Sik Chutes and Hard Fighting: US Marine Corps Parachute Units in World War II (Choiseul)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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