August 1943 (1)

IJN Amagiri & PT-109; US Navy painting

IJN Amagiri & PT-109; US Navy painting

1 August – The Japanese destroyer, Amagiri rammed the US Naval fast patrol boat, PT-109, and 2 seaman were killed.  All members, including John F. Kennedy, were reported as missing.  After 3 days, the US Navy rescued the survivers after receiving word from friendly neighbors of their location on a near-by island.

The Japanese, as an advancement ploy of their Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, announced that Burma was an independent nation.  The puppet-leader, Dr. Ba Maw, immediately declared war on the Allies.

5-7 August – The US 43rd Division made their way to conquer the vital Japanese base at Munda in the Solomon Islands.  The engineers began their work immediately to repair and enlarge the airfield to be used as a forward base for the Solomon Campaign.  An enemy supply convoy headed for Kolombangara came in contact with 6 US destroyers in the Vela Gulf.  With no US losses, the Japanese suffered 1210 KIA and 3 destroyers sunk.

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 11 August –  as the 43d Division widened its cleanup efforts around the airfield, a patrol confirmed reports of Japanese activity on Kolombangara. The following day, a company-sized unit moved by landing craft to the island. As the soldiers disembarked, a withering fire from the jungle felled about half of the force and forced its withdrawal. Two days later, while an artillery barrage from 155mm guns hastily-emplaced at Munda paved the way, two battalions of the 169th made an unopposed dawn landing on the shore opposite the site of the ill-fated assault of the 12th. As the infantrymen moved inland, crossing the island from east to west, resistance stiffened. An estimated 400 Japanese manned a strong line of hastily-built fortifications blocking the advance.

Kolombangara Island

Kolombangara Island

 16 August – two battalions of the 172d Regiment went to Baanga to reinforce the attack. As more artillery units (including the 155mm gun batteries of the 9th Marine Defense Battalion) moved into position at Munda and on the offshore islands, and systematically knocked out every known enemy gun emplacement, resistance dwindled. Increased barge traffic on the night of 19 August indicated that the Japanese were withdrawing. The following day, the southern part of the island was quickly occupied, and two battalions then moved north along opposite coastlines. Only scattered stragglers were encountered; the enemy had abandoned Baanga. The 43d Division lost 52 men killed and 110 wounded in the week-long battle.

7-15 August – There was so much fighting between the Nationalist and Communist troops in China that the Japanese took advantage of the situation and launched an offensive.  The Nationalist LI Corps was nearly destroyed.

Gen. Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief India, proposed no further British offensives in Burma, but rather concentrate on air supplies to China.

13-24 August – Upon Churchill’s arrival to the States, he and FDR had a private meeting.  The Prime Minister wished to urge the president to make the next step in Europe, the Balkans and Norway.  He was unaware that the influential Secretary of War, Henry Stimson already urged FDR to hold to his promise to Stalin and invade France, thereby creating a “Second Front.”

Chateau Frontenac

Chateau Frontenac

The military conference “Quadrant” at the Château Frontenac overlooking the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, the usual heated debates transpired.  In regards to the CBI, VAdm. Louis Mountbatten was made head of the South East Asia Command (SEAC) which covered Burma, Malaya, Sumatra, Thailand and Indochina.  The objectives for the SEAC: draw Japan out of the Pacific and assist China.  There were no strategic decisions made.  For the SW Pacific areas, any future ideas would depend heavily on the progress in New Guinea and MacArthur was notified of this, in so uncertain terms, by Gen. Marshall.

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Farewell Salutes – 

Victor Bean Sr. – Juneau, AK; US Army, Vietnam

Howard Coble – Greensboro, NC; US Coast Guard (Ret. 29 years), US Congressmane9dd0162494da2d1aba873c634610321

Melvin Garten – Oswego, OR; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, 11th Airborne Div.

Nicola Goddard – CAN, brn: New Guinea; RC Army, Afghanistan, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, Capt.; first Canadian woman killed in combat

Barbara Hawkins – Long Beach, CA; US Navy Waves

Robert Meacham – Traverse City, MI; US Air Force (Ret. 20 years), Lt.Colonel

Alfree Nabob – Middletown, DE; US Army, WWII, ETO, 1st Infantry Div., Purple Heart

Albert Palko – Cleveland, OH; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, Purple Heart & Korea

Tibor Rubin – Garden Grove, CA; US Army, Korea, Medal of Honor

Frank Surridge – Lower Hutt, NZ; RNZ Navy # 3065, WWII

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on December 10, 2015, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.

  1. GP – Your blogs continue to amaze me. I sit and listen to Tom breathe and I read the impecable history you relay in such dazzling detail. I often feel segments of blogs could be turned into live theater and then the United States and it’s citizens would know the sacrifices that have already been made. Perhaps then, so many wouldn’t be so willing to give so much of our freedom away. Thank you for all you do. Sheri

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    • So well put, Sheri, thank you very much. The attitudes of today seem more to be about “what can you give me now?” or “how can I make a big enough scene to make the 6 o’clock new?” Very few actually want to know the details of how we got these freedoms – just how can they work for MY benefit. [sorry for being so cynical, I’ve been watching too much of the news]

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      • I think many in our generation would like to shake the twenty-something and now moving into the thirty-something generation hard. Why are so many of them still living at home or moved back home. You don’t have to answer that. It drives me cracy. Yep, I’ve had to turn the news off some days and let the world go by without me.

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        • I can understand that feeling; I find I sort of ‘zone-out’ unintentionally because I’m hearing the same awful stories, just in a different state and the names are changed. Young adults and even older are spoiled. They blame the economy, yet others with a little elbow grease and ingenuity – make it! They are spoiled and expect the universe handed to them for the simple reason – they ‘deserve it.’ Hence: they get bored and look for thrills to “give them a rush” (that alone shows their immaturity) and Viola! they’re on the news for being in trouble with the law. Brilliant – aren’t they?!

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            • I follow your site and wish everyone of the candidates would try talking some sense and truth, but I promised myself I would not get into the misleading world of politics this year. I’m approving your comment and allow the readers to make up their own minds.

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          • Indeed they are – inmature and all! I’ve had parents call and tell me what a difference it’s made in their child’s life since they’ve started writting letters for, reading to or just visiting with the many who never receive a visitor. The teens cannot understand how it is that no one has come to see some of them in well over 20 years. It’s positively great to hear a veteran say he wonders what’s happened to an old buddy and one of the teens will get busy on their phone or iPad and start the research. I’ve heard contacts have been made with brothers and sisters as well as old flames, and yes – friends they served with.
            One of the local juvenille judges told me he wish he could use the VA for community service but they can’t because it would take just one violent outburst and all volunteers would be pulled that were under the age of 21. At last count we had organizations with over 500 kids volunteering at the VA. The latest is a Little Rock high school basket ball team has adopted a ward and each time the team plays, the veterans that are able are taken to the games by the parents. They get to go out to dinner, the game and if they are up to it some even spend the night with the family before returning to the VA hospital. This is a new program I didn’t know was going on. The veterans who have to stay back are delivered home cooked meals, lots of cookies, a volunteer spends the evening with them playing board games, reading to them or whatever they want. The volunteers are over 2,000 strong. I’ve moving over to the Veterans Impact Mental Health Council [just another name for working on legislative issues].
            Tom cannot be left alone and I can have committee meetings here at the house and so on.
            Bailey is sleeping on my desk! It’s a perfect place for him to see out the window [according to him].
            Later, my friend.

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            • Isn’t it overwhelming to hear of what our younger generations are capable of and the attention those veterans are finally receiving!?! I would greatly enjoy hearing any other stories like this from the other readers – knowing that veterans in other states are getting the recognition as well! I know the Mental Health Council under your guidance will reach standards far above what they have right now and it certainly helps that meetings can be at home with Tom. Good to know that Bailey is keeping a close eye on both of you! All my best to Tom and a good scratch behind the ear for Bailey – you – get some rest once in a while!!

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  2. If the Château Frontenac could speak, it would fill volumes.

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  3. How marvelous it would be if those airmen’s remains and belongings are found and brought home to their families. Love the cartoons. 🙂

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  4. Your quips re WWII are outstanding and a quick refresher of the titanic struggle.

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    • I really needed to do research for 1943 (and still am), it seems the historians didn’t feel much that went on in the Pacific was worth the time or trouble. Glad you approve.

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  5. Thanks for this post. You learn something every day. JFK’s wartime record isn’t at all well-known here in the UK, so I had to do a doubletake on the name, and look up on Wiki.

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  6. I always remember that movie.

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  7. In the Farewell salutes I’ll add that Captain Nichola Goddard was the first Canadian woman killed in combat.

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  8. Another round up of more hectic fighting. The campaign had few pauses, with so much going on almost every day.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  9. I know that George Bush was a carrier pilot but have any other future Presidents since Kennedy been involved “at the sharp end”?

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    • Eisenhower, although I don’t know if he was ever at the “sharp end”, Carter in the Navy later worked on developing nuclear submarines – quite a brilliant man (though few believe so.) Off-hand that’s all I can think of till you go back to Teddy.

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  10. Thank you. You truly are an Angel!

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