Morobe New Guinea
July-October 1943

As American and Australian troops battled it out with the Japanese for control of the northern New Guinea coast, the PT's were right alongside with them, going out on nightly patrols in an effort to snuff out the barge traffic that kept the Japanese Army fed, clothed, and armed. One of the earliest PT bases in the area was established on the banks of the Morobe River. The river had deep water right up to the banks and lots of trees on either side that offered excellent concealment from the air. The Morobe base was established on April 20, 1943 with the arrival of Lt. Comdr Barry Atkins, PT's 66, 142, and 149, and a base force; it continued to function as an operating base until December 5, 1943.


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