Preserving the Past – March 18, 1944 (old calendar)

17-18-19 March 1944

Saturday (old calendar)

Went to church today. The chaplain gave a good sermon – very convincing. Nothing much doing totay. Read some of Dolly’s letters. Had standbye tonight and played bridge in ready roon until 2330.



Feel free to add comments or to suggest corrections on errors that I made transcribing.

Tomorrow, March 19 , 1944…

Today the taking of Emirau took place…


The Landing on Emirau was the last of the series of operations that made up Operation Cartwheel, General Douglas MacArthur‘s strategy for the encirclement of the major Japanese base at Rabaul. A force of nearly 4,000 United States Marines landed on the island of Emirau on 20 March 1944. The island was not occupied by the Japanese and there was no fighting. It was developed into an airbase which formed the final link in the chain of bases surrounding Rabaul. The isolation of Rabaul permitted MacArthur to turn his attention westward and commence his drive along the north coast of New Guinea toward the Philippines.


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