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US Army c1943

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Justin Taylan 2006

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Hill 27 is a grass covered feature was designated "Hill 27" by the U. S. Army. To the north is The Gifu and nearby is Mount Austen (Mt. Austen, Grassy Knoll) inland from the north coast of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Today, Barana is located to the north of Hill 27.

Wartime History
During the Battle of Gifu, Hill 27 was part of the Japanese defensive positions that were part of The Gifu. The defenses included a 70mm Battalion Gun Type 92 that was captured and buried. During the fighting, roughly 100 Japanese defenders were killed on Hill 27. American casualties included Pfc Dale W. Ross MIA/KIA January 14, 1943 on the western slope.

Peter Flahavin adds:
"The Japanese lost about 100 men in the Hill 27 battle and I think most of them have been dug up by the Japanese and cremated at their memorial on Hill 27, but bones can still be found in the ravines."

Japanese War Memorial to "Oka Force"
The Japanese have constructed a simple white pillar memorial to the Oka Force that died here.
Nearby was a pile of shrapnel and more M-1 Garand rifle en bloc clips. [Read "Oka Force" memorial plaque].

Pfc Dale W. Ross
Missing In Action (MIA) on January 14, 1943 while advancing along the west slope of Hill 27 south of The Gifu near Mount Austen, Pfc was reported as Killed In Action (KIA). He was not seen after an engagement with a small Japanese patrol when shots were heard in the vicinity in which he was last seen. He was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Thanks to John Innes for additional information.

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August 25, 2018


January 8-11, 1943

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