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    Segi (Seghe) New Georgia Islands | Western Province Solomon Islands

Location
Lat 8° 34' 0S Long 157° 52' 60E  Segi (Seghe Island) is located on the southeastern tip of New Georgia Island in the New Georgia Islands (New Georgia Group) in Western Province in the Solomon Islands. Also known as Segi Point (Seghe Point). Borders the Wickham Anchorage and Viru Harbor. To the west is Nono and Regi.

Wartime History
During 1942, a small Japanese force occupied the Segi area. During the Japanese occupation, coastwatcher
Donald Kennedy operated in the Segi area. During June 1943 the Japanese attempted to locate and eliminate his force, prompting the Americans to make the liberation of Segi one of the first priorities in the Central Solomon campaign.

On December 3, 1942 Kennedy was joined by Methodist Nurse Merle Farland. She was evacuated on December 20 aboard a U. S. Navy PBY Catalina from VP-91 piloted by Paschal that landed at Segi, withdrawing Farland, 13 Solomon Island Police (SIP) and fourteen Japanese Prisoners of War (POWs) flying them "Ringbolt" Florida Islands.

On June 21, 1943 at 5:30am two destroyer-transports USS Dent APD-9 and Waters APD-8 landed the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) 1st Raider Regiment, 4th Marine Raider Battalion under the command of Michael S. Currin as part of the "Eastern Landing Force" at the start of the New Georgia campaign. On June 22, 1943 two more transports landed the U. S. Army 103rd Infantry Regiment. Afterwards, the Marines were transported westward to Regi.

Japanese missions against Segi
July 7-9, 1943

Segi Airfield (Seghe Point Airfield)
American built airfield on the south-eastern tip of New Georgia

P-38 Lightning
Ditched off Segi into the harbor

Donald Kennedy's Coastwatcher Base
Coastwatcher Donald Kennedy's base was located 18km south of the Japanese occupied Viru Harbor. Kennedy had a small ship they used to attack Japanese barges, assisted downed Allied airmen, and reported on Japanese ship and aircraft movements.

References
History of the U. S. Marine Corps Operations in World War II - Chapter 2 pages 59, 63, 64, 65, 67, 69, 70, 71, 73, 78, 79

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June 30, 2018

 

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