World War II Army Travel Journal travel blog

On February 28, 1945, Daddy sighted "Vlauva" Island and passed Guadalcanal at night. A search of the internet does not produce any such name. However, there is an island group called the Vanuata Islands (formerly known as New Hebrides) and as well as another island group called the Tuvalu Islands. Both island groups would have been on the route Daddy's boat took. However, Vanuata Islands are closer in proximity to the Solomon Islands; therefore, it is likely that Vanuata Islands are the islands that Daddy referred to as "Vluava" Island.

Guadalcanal is one of the islands comprising the Solomon Islands. Guadalcanal was also the sight of a large land, air, and sea battle of World War II. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor and Singapore, Japanese forces advanced into the South Pacific occupying many islands in an attempt to build a defensive ring around their conquests and threaten the lines of communication between the United States and Australia/New Zealand. They reached Guadalcanal in May 1942. When the allied forces spotted construction of an airfield on Guadacanal, the United States conducted the first amphibious landing of the war. It was one of the most hotly contested campaigns for control of the ground, sea and skies of the war. Guadalcanal became a major turning-point in the war as it stopped Japanese expansion. After four months of fighting the Japanese ceased trying to contest the control of the island. They finally evacuated it in February 1943.

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