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Ritchie (Chief, SWPA Theater Gp), OPD, for Brig Gen St. Clair Streett (Ch Theater Gp, OPD), 23 Jun 42, sub: Offensive Opns in SWPA. OPD 381 SWPA Sec. II Case 80. C. Handy) for WDCSA, 24 Jun 42. sub: Opns in SWPA. OPD 381 SWPA Sec. II Case 76; rad, WDCSA to GHQ SWPA, CM-OUT-5704, 23 Jun 42. 28 Ibid. THE STRATEGIC DECISION 15 ground forces from the Pacific Ocean Areas were employed inside the Southwest Pacific Area under a naval command exercised from a distant headquarters, as the Navy had suggested.

32 Admiral Nimitz immediately began 29 Rad, GHQ SWPA to WDCSA, CM-IN-7976, 24 Jun 42. Apparently OPD had also misunderstood General MacArthur's plans. S. ARMY IN WORLD WAR II. 30 Memo, WDCSA for COMINCH, 26 Jun 42, sub: Offensive Opns in SO and SOWESPAC Areas. OPD 381 SWPA Sec. II Case 80. 31 Memo, COMINCH for WDCSA, 26 Jun 42, sub: Offensive Opns in SO and SOWESPAC Areas. OPD 381 SWPA Sec. II Case 80. 32 COMINCH to CINCPAC, 1415 of 27 Jun 42. SOPAC War Diary. 16 GUADALCANAL: THE FIRST OFFENSIVE preparations, as did Admiral Ghormley in the South Pacific.

Thirty-five Army B-17's and twenty-two B-26's were stationed at New Caledonia and the Fijis. Thirtyeight Army PAGO'S were also operating from New Caledonia. 23 20 COMSOPAC, Opn Plan No. 1-42, A4-3/A 16-3, Ser 0017, 16 Jul 42. Copy No. 120 of Operation Plan 1-42 is in the Office of Naval Records and Library. Code names assigned were as follows: Task One, PESTILENCE; rehearsal, DOVETAIL; Guadalcanal-Tulagi invasion, WATCHTOWER; Ndeni occupation, HUDDLE. The code name of Guadalcanal was CACTUS; that of Tulagi, RINGBOLT.

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