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Adam Elliott 2006

Lat 9° 28' 0S Long 160° 24' 0E  Located on the north-eastern coast of Guadalcanal, near Aola.

Several hundred Japanese were cut off in this area in September 1942, and were later killed by 2nd Marines and 147th Infantry Regiment that closed on the area.

Ruavatu Catholic Mission
A prefabricated church was sent here from France in 1898, and destroyed sometime during 1942. The Japanese captured four missionaries: Sister M. Sylvia, Sister M. Odilia, Reverand Arthur Duhamel and Reverand Henry Oude-Engberink. Initially, they did not kill them. One was an American, who was caught passing notes local people to deliver to the American forces. When this was discovered, all four were executed by the Japanese on September 3, 1942. Four posts are all that remains today. The graves of several of the missionaries executed by the Japanese are here.

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May 22, 2017


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