Craighill, Richard Starr, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1967, Commander Antilles Defense Command
Service Years
1932 - 1967
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1909
 
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Date of Passing
Feb 07, 1980
 
Location of Interment
U.S Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
From Month/Year
January / 1943
To Month/Year
December / 1944

Description
The last obstacle in liberating all of New Guinea island was the Vogelkop Peninsula in Dutch New Guinea. The Japanese resistance on the peninsula gathered at Manokwari, and MacArthur did not wish to contest with this force. Instead, his "hit 'em where they ain't" strategy took the Allied forces to a number of undefended beaches near Cape Opmaria and Sansapor. Like Rabaul, the 25,000 men at Manokwari were now stranded, frustratingly idling uselessly.

In Sep 1944, Allied troops occupied the Halmahera Islands, concluding the New Guinea Campaign. MacArthur was now only several hundred miles from the Philippines. In his memoir, MacArthur attributed to the Allied victory over New Guinea to mobility and the ability to achieve surprise at key confrontations. Additionally, he also insisted that his refusal to deploy military governors over conquered regions helped his command focus on the task at hand. Instead, he brought in Dutch and Australian civil administrators immediately after the area had been deemed secure. "The success of this method was reflected in the complete lack of friction between the various governments concerned", he noted.

Although Allied attention would move toward the Philippine Islands by this time, small pockets of Japanese resistance would continue to fight until late May 1945.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
January / 1943
To Month/Year
December / 1944
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories

Memories
Was the CO of the USS Drayton during this operation

   
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  283 Also There at This Battle:
  • Alumbaugh, Maurice, PO1, (1942-1953)
  • Ballard, Bland Albert, F1c, (1942-1945)
  • Bibb, James, PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Booth, Robert Douglas, PO2, (1943-1945)
  • Colvin, Victor Morgan, F1c, (1944-1945)
  • Cote, Arthur, S1c, (1943-1946)
  • Crawforth, Evan, PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Dawson, William L., PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Desideri, Gino, PO3, (1943-1946)
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