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Red Beach is located on the north coast of Guadalcanal. Located to the east of Lunga Point. Code named "Red Beach" by American prior to their amphibious landing at this location.

Wartime History
On August 7, 1942 this beach was the site of the initial U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) landing on Guadalcanal. There was no opposition on the beach and no Marine casualties during the landing. Then & Now Photos

Jack Clark, beach master August 7-8, 1942 recalls:
"Our reports had shown that there were a couple of thousand Japs on Guadalcanal and only about 200 on Gavutu. The reports were correct, except that they mistook the force on the Canal, they were mostly a labor force, and few fighting personnel."

The Guadalcanal Beach Resort hotel was built near this location. Following the ethnic tensions on Guadalcanal, Australian Defense Force (ADF) Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands (RAMSI) made an amphibious landing at Red Beach during July 2003 to initiate peacekeeping operations on Guadalcanal. They established their headquarters at Guadalcanal Beach Resort known as "GBR".

Japanese Type 88 75mm Anti-Aircraft Gun (No. 1)
Gun barrel intact, abandoned in the sand at the waterline of Red Beach

Japanese Type 88 75mm Anti-Aircraft Gun (No. 2)
Base only, abandoned in the sand at the waterline of Red Beach

Red Beach Memorial
White pillar marking the landing spot of the 1st and 5th Marines needs a cleaning. The plaque (piece of typed paper between two perspex pieces) is half smashed and water damaged since 1998.

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017


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