What is Guadalcanal?

  • (noun): A battle in World War II in the Pacific (1942-1943); the island was occupied by the Japanese and later recaptured by American forces.
    Synonyms: Battle of Guadalcanal
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Guadalcanal (Isatabu) is a tropical island in the South-Western Pacific. The largest island in the Solomons, it was discovered by the Spanish expedition of Alvaro de Mendaña in 1568. The name comes from Guadalcanal, a village in the province of Seville, in Andalusia, Spain, birthplace of Pedro de Ortega Valencia, a member of Mendaña's expedition.

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London Lewis Traw - Assigned To Guadalcanal Campaign
... Following the August 7, 1942 landing on Guadalcanal, Sgt ... Traw was killed in action near Lunga on Guadalcanal on October 27, 1942 ...
Guadalcanal, Seville - History
... It was fortified by means of a now ruined wall which was demolished because the village took part in the Guerra de las Comunidades de Castilla ... In the mid-16th century, the area had some silver mines financed by the Fugger family. ...
Tadayoshi Sano - Biography - Pacific War - Guadalcanal
1942 in order to participate in the Japanese attempts to retake Guadalcanal from Allied forces during the Guadalcanal campaign ... Two battalions from Sano's division were delivered to Guadalcanal by Tokyo Express missions in October 1942 and participated in the Battle for Henderson Field, which resulted in a decisive defeat for the Japanese ... Tokyo Express missions delivered the 38th Division's 228th Infantry Regiment to Guadalcanal along with Sano and his staff ...
Robert Hall (National Guard Officer) - Guadalcanal
... Colonel, he commanded 3rd Battalion, 164th Infantry during the Battle for Henderson Field in the Guadalcanal Campaign ... Army's Americal Division, had only just arrived on Guadalcanal as an emergency reinforcement and would become the first U.S ... Hall was wounded on Guadalcanal in November 1942, but recovered to lead his battalion in the final battles for control of the island ...
Mark Hanna Crouter - Navy Cross in Guadalcanal Waters
... In the night Naval Battle of Guadalcanal of November 12 and November 13, 1942, when an outnumbered American force turned a Japanese raiding group back ...

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  • (noun): A mountainous island; the largest of the Solomon Islands in the independent state that is a member of the British Commonwealth.