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    Kukum Guadalcanal Province Solomon Islands

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IJN c1942

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USMC Dec 9, 1942

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USN c1944

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USMC August 18, 1945

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via Flahavin c1972

Location
Lat 9° 25' 60S Long 159° 58' 60E  Kukum village was located on the north coast of Guadalcanal. Borders Kukum Bay and Iron Bottom Sound to the north. To the east is Lunga Point and Henderson Field.

Wartime History
Between early July until August 7, 1942 used by the Japanese as an anchorage. During this period, the Japanese built a wooden pier at this location for unloading cargo from barges and ships.

During August 1942, Kukum was occupied by U. S. Marines. Kukum beach was code named "Green Beach" by the Americans. In early December 1942, the Japanese pier was repaired and put into use by the Americans and the Kukum area was developed into an unloading area for cargo. During 1943-1944 the area was further developed into a wharf area and depot on shore. At this location, Landing Ship Tank (LST) were able to unload directly ashore.

Fighter 2 (Kukum Field)
American built airfield at Kukum parallel to the north coast.

Type 3 76.2mm Anti-Aircraft Gun
Emplaced in a recessed pit with reinforced walls, captured by U. S. Marines

Type 3 76.2mm Anti-Aircraft Gun
Emplaced with sandbags, captured by U. S. Marines

Kukum Beach (Wharf, Dock Depot)
Developed into a wharf and depot area by the Americans. When Japanese artillery bombardment began, the Kukum area was in range. After the battle of Guadalcanal ended, it was further developed into the main dock area on Guadalcanal.

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August 13, 2017

 

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