World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Beautiful Munda

"It is beautiful. I very much like the look of it," said Lieut. General Alexander Archer Vandegrift, who just one year ago had led the first American attack against the Jap-held Solomon Islands. Now, back in the South Pacific, commanding the newly formed I Marine Amphibious Corps, he was making a shrewd observation on the success of the combined Army-Marine-Navy operations against Munda, once the strongest Jap base in the central Solo mons.

The beauty of Munda airfield on this August afternoon was not in the gutted, smoldering landscape. It was wholly...

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