SOON after a blood-red dawn broke over the Northern Solomons the morning of November 1, 1943, United States Marines invaded Bougainville-the last and biggest Japanese stronghold in the Solomon Islands. I was fortunate enough to have a 50-yard line seat to watch the invasion, which marks the beginning of the end for all Japanese forces still in the South Pacific. For four hours before dawn, our twin-engined Marine Ventura plane patrolled over the invasion transports and the vessels of their covering naval task force.
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