VAN STOCKUM: Close calls during World War II, Part 11: Bougainville: Jungle attack, an incredible sight

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By Ron Van Stockum

After conducting further intensive training in Guadalcanal, we embarked for the invasion of Bougainville, a northern island in the Solomons, about 400 to 500 miles away. We would land in the vicinity of Cape Torokina, Empress Augusta Bay, to seize and defend a Force Beachhead Line (FBL) 2,250 yards deep between the Torokina and Laruma rivers.

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