Battle of Viru Harbor

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Battle of Viru Harbor
Part of the Pacific Theater of World War II
U.S. Navy landing craft unload troops at Viru shortly after the harbor was secured by Marine Raiders on 1 July 1943
Date 28 June – 1 July 1943
Location New Georgia, Solomon Islands
Result U.S. victory
 United States  Empire of Japan
Commanders and leaders
United States Michael S. Currin Empire of Japan Minoru Sasaki
Genjiro Hirata
Saburo Okamura
500 245[1]
Casualties and losses
13 killed[2] 61 killed[2]

The Battle of Viru Harbor was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II that took place on New Georgia island during the New Georgia Campaign from 28 June – 1 July 1943.

A battalion of U.S. Marine Raiders landed at a remote location, marched overland, and attacked a force of Imperial Japanese Navy and Army troops that were guarding Viru Harbor. The Marines drove the Japanese out of Viru, which was then occupied by additional U.S. Army soldiers and U.S. Navy personnel and ships.


  1. Rentz, p. 24 and 37.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Melson, p. 6.


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