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A two-man patrol (one lieutenant each from the raiders and the Army battalion) had been ashore since mid-June to reconnoiter with the aid of native scouts. They provided the exact location of the Japanese garrison, and the joint force soon headed to the northeast toward its objective. Native scouts and the handful of Marines led the way, with site battalion on line and pointing toward the enemy to the south. Com- pany Q held the right flank on the bank of the Kaeruka River. Company N in the center and Company F on the left flank would guide on the movements of Q.
Progress then was painfully slow as intermittent heavy rains swept the battlefield. Company 0's six ran into the enemy main body, which Currin, higher headquarters then American aircraft appeared over the decided to land the Army force em- harbor. These were not part of the original plan, but headquarters had sent them to soften up the objective reserve platoon went into line to the when it realized that the raider attack left as noise indicated that the enewould be delayed. Although this un- my might be gathering there for a coordinated air support could have counterattack.
Company C held back and acted as the reserve. Within minutes of beginning the advance, the attack ran into resistance. Japanese fire from the west bank of the river was particularly heavy and Company Q crossed over to deal with this threat. At the same time Company F moved to its left to skirt around strong defenses. Company C soon moved in to fill the gap. By late afternoon the Americans were able to clear the east bank of the river. Lieutenant Colonel Brown ordered Company Q to disengage from the west bank and join in the battalion's perimeter defense at the mouth of the river.