[i] LCI(L)222 was commissioned on December 3, 1942 in the Neponset, Massachusetts Shipyard of George Lawley & Sons. On Feb 25, 1943 the 222 came through the Panama Canal.   Upon reaching the Solomon Islands in May of 1943, the 222 was assigned to Group 15 of Flotilla Five.  The commander of all Landing Craft Flotillas in the South Pacific was Rear Admiral George H. Fort who we would have the pleasure of transporting one day aboard the 222 on May 7, 1944. The total number of LCI(L)s sent to the commissioned to the Pacific Theater of Combat between 1942 and 1944 was 905, of which 16 were lost during the war. See The Amphibians are coming by William L. McGee









[vii] Also known as Baruku, Buraku Island, Buraqoi, Mborukua Island, Murray Island

The Timezone in Mborokua is Pacific/Guadalcanal see

[viii] Admiral Fort took command of the USS Trever on June 29, 1943 attaching the Japanese at Oliana Bay in the Russell Islands.  See  See also History of the Western Pacific Operations

[ix] Through the leadership efforts of Rear Admiral George H. Fort (1912), his Chief of Staff, Captain Benton W. Decker (1920), and after arrival in SOPAC his senior landing craft subordinate, Captain Grayson B. Carter (1919), the Landing Craft Flotillas, PHIBFORSOPAC, were trained under forced draft. After only 12 months of war, the landing craft were manned to a marked extent with officers and men who had entered the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor. To assist in the training, Commander Landing Craft Flotillas in due time issued a comprehensive Doctrine full of instructions and information for the dozens of landing craft moving into the SOPAC command during the January to June period in 1943. The LCT “Veterans” of CLEANSLATE became the nuclei for this massive training effort.  See


[x] The Journal of America’s Military Past, Obscure but important: The United States and the Russell Islands in World War II, by David L. Snead

[xi] Mariner’s Employment Guide by James Laurence Pelletier

[xii] See Captain’s Mast, Wikipedia

[xiii] The Battle for Empress Agusta  Bay, Wikipedia