World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: End of a Beginning

A few U.S. Indians were among the American troops advancing along the jungle road to Sanananda. One of them was Mess Sergeant Floyd Archiquette. A Jap sniper was firing near the mess tent. "He was making a nuisance of himself," said the sergeant. "Someone had to get him. I got him."

U.S. and Australian troops mopped up the last Jap pockets. Of the 15,000 Japs who once held Papua, only a few stragglers were left. At last, 117 days after the Allied drive began, a communiqué announced: "Ground fighting in Papua has ceased." The end was historic: 117 Japs chose...

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