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US Army c1943

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Peter Flahavin 1996

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Peter Flahavin 1998

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Justin Taylan 2006

Location
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 casaulties 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 Grand rifle clips. [Read Memorial Plaque]

References
Thanks to John Innes for additional information.

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September 9, 2017

 

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January 8-11, 1943

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