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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. The original US plan involved a company of the 103rd Infantry Regiment coming ashore directly inside the harbor from three destroyer-transports, while elements of Lieutenant Colonel Michael S. Currin's 4th Marine Raider Battalion advanced overland from Lambeti Plantation, to the south. The Marines had begun moving there by rubber boats from Segi Point on 27 June, having arrived at Segi Point on 21 June during a preliminary operation to protect District Officer Donald Gilbert Kennedy and his small group of local forces. The destroyer-transports entered the habor early on 30 June, but found that the Marines' advance h

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  • 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. The original US plan involved a company of the 103rd Infantry Regiment coming ashore directly inside the harbor from three destroyer-transports, while elements of Lieutenant Colonel Michael S. Currin's 4th Marine Raider Battalion advanced overland from Lambeti Plantation, to the south. The Marines had begun moving there by rubber boats from Segi Point on 27 June, having arrived at Segi Point on 21 June during a preliminary operation to protect District Officer Donald Gilbert Kennedy and his small group of local forces. The destroyer-transports entered the habor early on 30 June, but found that the Marines' advance h
  • 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.
  • 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. It was one of the first actions of the campaign and the harbor was subsequently used by US forces to support further operations.
  • 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. It was one of the first actions of the campaign and the harbor was subsequently used by US forces to support further operations, although plans to build a PT boat base in the area were later canceled when the harbor was found to be unsuitable.
  • 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. It was one of the first actions of the campaign and involved an overland advance by elements of a battalion, supported by a United States Army infantry company. Supported by airstrikes, the Marines carried out an enveloping attack on the Japanese defenders around the harbor and forced them to withdraw. The harbor was subsequently used by US forces to support further operations, although plans to build a PT boat base in the area were later canceled when the harbor was found to be unsuitable.
  • 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. It was one of the first actions of the campaign and involved an overland advance by elements of a Marine Raider battalion, supported by a United States Army infantry company. Supported by airstrikes, the Marines carried out an enveloping attack on the Japanese defenders around the harbor and forced them to withdraw. The harbor was subsequently used by US forces to support further operations, although plans to build a PT boat base in the area were later canceled when the harbor was found to be unsuitable.
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  • 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. The original US plan involved a company of the 103rd Infantry Regiment coming ashore directly inside the harbor from three destroyer-transports, while elements of Lieutenant Colonel Michael S. Currin's 4th Marine Raider Battalion advanced overland from Lambeti Plantation, to the south. The Marines had begun moving there by rubber boats from Segi Point on 27 June, having arrived at Segi Point on 21 June during a preliminary operation to protect District Officer Donald Gilbert Kennedy and his small group of local forces. The destroyer-transports entered the habor early on 30 June, but found that the Marines' advance had been delayed. After waiting offshore for the agreed upon signal from the Marines, remaining out of range of the defending Japanese coastal artillery, the ships moved to Segi Point instead, landing the company from the 103rd Infantry there instead. The Marine raiders' approach saw them advance 12 miles (19 km) through dense terrain, and was further delayed due to several skirmishes with the Imperial Japanese Navy and Army troops that were guarding Viru Harbor. The Marines drove the Japanese out of Viru on 30 June, supported by air attacks by US Navy diverbombers. Viru Habor was then occupied by the company from the 103rd Infantry Regiment which followed the Marines' advance overland and U.S. Navy personnel and ships. Segi Point was subsequently developed into an airfield, while Viru Harbor was developed into a staging base to support subsequent operations aimed at supporting the Landings on Rendova and the Drive on Munda Point.
  • 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.
  • 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. It was one of the first actions of the campaign and the harbor was subsequently used by US forces to support further operations.
  • 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. It was one of the first actions of the campaign and the harbor was subsequently used by US forces to support further operations, although plans to build a PT boat base in the area were later canceled when the harbor was found to be unsuitable.
  • 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. It was one of the first actions of the campaign and involved an overland advance by elements of a battalion, supported by a United States Army infantry company. Supported by airstrikes, the Marines carried out an enveloping attack on the Japanese defenders around the harbor and forced them to withdraw. The harbor was subsequently used by US forces to support further operations, although plans to build a PT boat base in the area were later canceled when the harbor was found to be unsuitable.
  • 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. It was one of the first actions of the campaign and involved an overland advance by elements of a Marine Raider battalion, supported by a United States Army infantry company. Supported by airstrikes, the Marines carried out an enveloping attack on the Japanese defenders around the harbor and forced them to withdraw. The harbor was subsequently used by US forces to support further operations, although plans to build a PT boat base in the area were later canceled when the harbor was found to be unsuitable.
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  • 13 killed
  • 13 killed, 15 wounded
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  • U.S. victory
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  • 500
  • 245
  • 1 artillery battery
  • 1 infantry company
  • 2 Marine companies
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