Tassafaronga Point is located on the north coast of Guadalcanal bordering Iron Bottom Sound. Also spelled "Tasivaronga". Areveu village is located at Tassafaronga Point. Located near Bunani Point and Ruaniu between Cape
Esperence to the northwest
and Point Cruz to the southeast.
On August 17, 1942 Japanese destroyers Oite, Uzuki, Mochizuki and Mutsuki landed 200 soldiers from the 5th Sasebo Special Naval Landing Force (SNLF) at Tassafaronga Point as a diversionary landing to cover the landing of the "Ichiki Force" further
to the east at Taivu Point.
Afterwards, Tassafaronga was developed into a base area to support the Japanese Army offensives on Guadalcanal. On October 17, 1942 two American destroyers bombard the area on although the
damage was minor, it interrupted Hyakutake's planned offensive four days later.
Battle of Tassafaronga
On November 30, 1942 during the early morning
hours, eight destroyers, six with troops and supplies
were sent to reinforce Guadalcanal. The Japanese force was spotted on radar by U. S. Navy Task Force 67 (TF-67)
but lost them due to proximity to
the coast of Guadalcanal. Japanese destroyers launched their torpedoes an engaged
them while the supplies were unloaded. The
battle is considered a strategical victory for the Americans, as the
resupply mission was prevented. But four heavy cruisers
was their losses for the disruption of only one resupply mission, and
thus, it must be judged that it was a defeat strategically as well. U.S. forces never again would manage to assemble surface opposition
to Japanese runs to Guadalcanal. Sunk was the Takanami. Damaged was the USS Minneapolis (CA-36), USS New Orleans (CA-32).
To the south are Hill 125 and Hill 126. To their south is a deep ravine, this was th location of a Japanese Army field hospital. In early January 1943 the U. S. Army 147th Infantry Regiment overran it, and killed everyone including roughly 75 survivors from the Kinugawa Maru.
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July 10, 2017