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    Maravari Vella Lavella Island | Western Province Solomon Islands

Location
Maravari is located on the eastern coast of Vella Lavella Island in Western Province in the Solomon Islands. Located to the south of the mouth of the Maravari River.

New Zealand and United States Cemetery at Maravari
Dedicated on December 19, 1943. Honor guards were provided by the New Zealand 14th Brigade and U. S. Navy (USN) 58th Naval Construction Battalion Seabees. A service was led by Bishop Gerard, senior chaplain to the 3rd New Zealand Division and an American chaplain. Buried at this cemetery were New Zealand Army casualties from the 35th Battalions and 37th Battalion killed in the Land Battle of Vella Lavella (Vella Lavella campaign) plus Americans killed during air raids on the island.

References
Pacific Kiwis: Being The Story of the Service in the Pacific of the 30th Battalion, Third Division, Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force page 85

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Last Updated
January 11, 2018

 

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Sept 1943

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