After hitting severe Japanese resistance along the stream that became known as Suicide Creek, the 7th Marine Regiment’s slog through the dense jungle of Cape Gloucester came to a halt as the Marines tired and failed to take the stream “on the fly”. This temporary stabilization of the front provided an opportunity for the Japanese to counterattack the Marines while they began building up forces for a more concentrated attack across the stream. The Marines found themselves fighting for their lives against both a determined Japanese counterattack as well as small Japanese outposts which the Marines had bypassed as they hacked through the thick jungle.
Attacker: Japanese (141st Infantry Regiment)
Defender: American (USMC) (Company L and HQ Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment,)