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    Tasimboko Guadalcanal Solomon Islands

Location
Village on the north coast of Guadalcanal, east of Taivu Point.

Wartime History
Coastwatcher Martin Clemens, told the Marines of Japanese troops at Taivu Point. On September 8, 1942, Edson launched a raid against the Japanese troops, landing aboard destroyer transports McKean and Manley and two patrol boats took 813 Marines at Taivu in two trips. Edson and his first wave of 501 troops landed at Taivu at 05:20am. Supported by aircraft from Henderson Field and gunfire from the destroyer transports, Edson's men advanced towards Tasimboko but were slowed by Japanese resistance. At 11:00, the rest of Edson's men landed and continued the push. The Japanese believed a major landing was underway and retreated into the jungle, leaving behind 27 dead. In the battle, two Marines were killed.

At Tasimboko, Edson's troops discovered the supply base for Kawaguchi's forces, including large stockpiles of food, ammunition and medical supplies, and a shortwave radio. The Marines seized documents, equipment and food supplies, destroyed the rest, and returned to the Lunga perimeter at 17:30. The quantities of supplies and intelligence from the captured documents revealed that at least 3,000 Japanese troops were on the island and apparently planning a major attack.

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

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