Battle of Viru Harbor

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Battle of Viru Harbor
Part of the Pacific Theater of World War II
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U.S. Navy landing craft unload troops at Viru shortly after the harbor was secured by Marine Raiders on 1 July 1943
Date 28 June – 1 July 1943
Location New Georgia, Solomon Islands
Result U.S. victory
Belligerents
 United States  Japan
Commanders and leaders
United States Michael S. Currin Empire of Japan Minoru Sasaki
Genjiro Hirata
Saburo Okamura
Hara
Strength
500 245[1]
Casualties and losses
13 killed[2] 61 killed[2]

The Battle of Viru Harbor was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II that took place on New Georgia island during the New Georgia Campaign from 28 June – 1 July 1943.

A battalion of U.S. Marine Raiders landed at a remote location, marched overland, and attacked a force of Imperial Japanese Navy and Army troops that were guarding Viru Harbor. The Marines drove the Japanese out of Viru, which was then occupied by additional U.S. Army soldiers and U.S. Navy personnel and ships.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rentz, p. 24 and 37.
  2. ^ a b Melson, p. 6.

References[edit]

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  • Hammel, Eric M. (2008). New Georgia, Bougainville, and Cape Gloucester: The U.S. Marines in World War II A Pictorial Tribute. Pacifica Press. ISBN 0-7603-3296-7. 
  • Hammel, Eric M. (1999). Munda Trail: The New Georgia Campaign, June–August 1943. Pacifica Press. ISBN 0-935553-38-X. 
  • McGee, William L. (2002). The Solomons Campaigns, 1942–1943: From Guadalcanal to Bougainville—Pacific War Turning Point, Volume 2 (Amphibious Operations in the South Pacific in WWII). BMC Publications. ISBN 0-9701678-7-3. 
  • Morison, Samuel Eliot (1958). Breaking the Bismarcks Barrier, vol. 6 of History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. Castle Books. 0785813071. 
  • Peatross, Oscar F. (1995). John P. McCarthy; John Clayborne (editors), eds. Bless 'em All: The Raider Marines of World War II. Review. ISBN 0-9652325-0-6. 
  • Rottman, Gordon L. (2005). Duncan Anderson, ed. Japanese Army in World War II: The South Pacific and New Guinea, 1942–43. Oxford and New York: Osprey. ISBN 1-84176-870-7. 

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