Fiji Guerrillas


Read about the bravery of the Fiji Guerrillas on Pacific Paratrooper.

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The first Fiji Commandos. The first Fiji Commandos.

The first Fijian force to undertake service in the Solomons was a special party of 23 guerrillas, commanded by Capt. D.E. Williams, which was drawn from commando units formed as part of the New Zealand 3rd Division and retained in Fiji after the division’s departure.  Williams had Lt. D. Chambers as his second-in-command and sergeants S.I. Heckler, L.V. Jackson, F.E. Williams, R.H. Morrison and M.V. Kells as section leaders.

They reached Guadalcanal via the New Hebrides and disembarked at Lunga Beach on 23 December 1942.  The Japanese garrison was then still fighting desperately along the Matanikau River/Koli Point line and the American command employed the Fijians to probe the wooded country behind the enemy garrison.

Fiji Commandos with their New Zealand commander. Fiji Commandos with their New Zealand commander.

The first patrol, led by Heckler on Christmas Day, was uneventful, but on the 28th, a small patrol led by Sgt. Williams, acting as…

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