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World War II sites from Battle of Guadacanal, Apr 1942-Feb 1943

Between August 7, 1942 and February 9, 1943, US forces drove out the Japanese who were building an airfield on the island. In those few months, over 7,100 US troops and 31,000 Japanese lost their lives. The US lost 29 ships and the Japanese lost 38 ships. Both sides lost more than 600 aircraft each. We visited some of the areas where the battles took place though now they are quite serene.



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Panels describe the losses

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Henderson Field

Why it's Iron Bottom Sound

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Japanese Memorials

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Remainders of war

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1943 Coke bottles for sale

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Hiking to war sites

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