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Archives Branch: Campaign Collections

Official records documenting the Marine Corps' involvement in various campaigns.

Guadalcanal and Bougainville (Solomon Islands)

Marines on Guadalcanal

Official Documents from Guadalcanal and Bougainville

Documents include operation plans, operation orders, field orders, intelligence reports, action reports, administrative orders, captured Japanese documents, official correspondence, field messages, studies, and memoranda concerning operations on Guadalcanal, Tulagi, Savo, Bougainvlle, and surrounding areas.

Documents were produced by the 1st Marine Amphibious Corps, Task Force 62, Island Command, the Cactus Air Force, and various Navy and Army entities during Operation Pestilence,  Operation Watchtower, and Operation Ringbolt.

If you have any questions about these collections, please contact the Archives at (703) 784-4685 or


Machine gunner on Guadalcanal


Index to Guadalcanal Personal Papers Collections

This index highlights collections found in the Archives Branch concerning Marine Corps involvement in the Guadalcanal campaign, August 1942–February 1943, including Operation Pestilence, Operation Watchtower, Operation Cartwheel, and Operation Ringbolt.

The criteria for selecting collections for inclusion in this index is limited to those personal papers that contain  materials pertinent to the study of the Guadalcanal campaign. Collections in this index are comprised of official Marine Corps records, documents, and publications; letters and correspondence; manuscripts; photographs; maps; memoirs and reminiscences; clippings and articles; oral histories and interviews; and realia and ephemera.


Guadalcanal and Bougainville Photographs


The Archives Branch maintains a Flickr page dedicated to showcasing photographs found in our collections. 
Photographs relevant to the study of the Guadalcanal and Bougainville campaigns during World War II include images of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and Henderson Field; Marine Raiders; and Marines crossing the Lunga River, among others.
Please note that some of the photographs found on our Flickr pages are considered public domain and have been cleared for release. While some imagery is public domain, any use of such imagery from this site must be attributed to the U.S. Marine Corps, or the individual photographer. Photographs may not be used to deface the reputation of the Marine Corps, its personnel, or policies.  Additionally, some imagery on this site may fall under copyright protection, such as imagery from personal photo collections donated to the Archives. Please contact us for more information regarding proper use of and/or copyright restrictions for these images.


Guadalcanal Maps


The Archives Branch maintains a collection of original maps from the Guadalcanal campaign, to include the overlays, appendices, and enclosures from the Divisional operation plans and after action reports.

Some of these maps are available in digital format.  Please contact the Archives for more information.

Monographs and publications from the Marine Corps History Division

Available as full-text, searchable PDFs from the Government Publishing Office.