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    Blue Beach Tulagi Island | Central Province Solomon Islands
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USN August 7, 1942

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Location
Blue Beach is located on the western coast of Tulagi Island in Central Province in Solomon Islands.

Wartime History
On August 7, 1942 at 8:00am, two battalions of the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) including the 1st Raider Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Merritt A. Edson (Edson's Raiders) and the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines (2/5) made an unopposed landing on "Blue Beach" on the western shore of Tulagi Island. Not a single landing craft of the first wave was able to set its passengers directly ashore. All of them hung up on coral at distances from 30 to well over 100 yards from the beach line, and the assault personnel waded ashore against no opposition, through water initially from waist to armpit deep, and immediately occupied the high ground of the ridges.

Today
The Anglican (Episcopalian) Church of the Central Province is located at this location. View of Blue Beach Eastward and Blue Beach Westward.

References
Thanks to John Innes for additional information.

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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