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    Rendova PT Boat Base (Lumbaria Island/Todd City) Western Province Solomon Islands
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USN August 1, 1943

Location
Rendova PT Boat Base (Lumbaria Island/Todd City) was located inside Rendova Harbor bordering Lumbaria Island off Rendova Island in Western Province in the Solomon Islands. Later, Rendova PT Boat Base (Bau Island) was developed nearby.

Construction
During the middle of 1943, PT-Boat Squadron 9 established their shore based facilities on Lumbaria Island with PT Boats docked in Rendova Harbor.

Wartime History
Named "Todd City" in honor of Ensign Leon E. Todd, Jr., USNR, O-161871 the first PT-Boat crewman from this base killed in action on July 2, 1943 who was buried at sea from New Jersey. During the middle of 1943, this was the primary PT Boat base in the central Solomons.

On August 1, 1943 a Japanese air raid destroyed PT-164 and PT-117 whiled docked. That same afternoon, PT-109 departed from this base when it was lost during a collision in the Blacket Strait.

Ewan Stevenson adds:
"I went there on a picnic in 1994 very pleasant and searched for a PT boat sunk in the harbour (deep) that is rarely seen/known. Had no success this time either!"

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Leon E. Todd Jr.
FindAGrave - Ens Leon E Todd, Jr (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Leon E Todd, Jr (memorial marker photo, Bethel Memorial Park, Pennsauken, NJ)

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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