Cape Wom Memorial Park
Just a few miles west of Wewak, on another small point of land, can be found the Cape Wom Memorial Park. Located on the site of an old missionary airstrip, no longer used, this park is dedicated to the surrender of the Imperial Japanese forces in the Wewak area by General Hutazo Adachi to Australian General H.C.H. Robertson. The surrender took place on Sept. 13, 1945, eleven days after Japan formally surrendered in Tokyo harbour on the battleship USS 'Missouri' to end World War 2.
Located behind me in the photo, the memorial is a pyramidal cairn which holds a plaque detailing the surrender ceremony, as well as two other plaques commemorating acts of valour by two Australian troops which led to their being awarded Victoria Crosses (the highest military award possible in British or Commonwealth countries).
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Enjoy the Beach!
Following the successful installation of a new generator in September, 1980 to alleviate rotating blackouts in Wewak, my team from Port Moresby had some time to kill before our flight home. To fight the ever-present tropical heat and humidity, we figured a case of cold beer on the beach at Cape Wom would be a good way to put in the afternoon!
The sandy beach was great, with waves gently rolling in off the Bismarck Sea. Wewak was not a big tourist area, so we had the entire place to ourselves. My Australian buddy and I found a nice picnic table in the shade while our two Papuan technicians decided to enjoy the sand! This area was fortified by the Japanese occupiers of Wewak during World War 2. You can still see the old concrete gun emplacement here and there is also a network of tunnels on the Cape, some of which have not yet collapsed.
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