Lunga Point is a promontory on the northern coast of Guadalcanal, the site of a naval battle during World War II. It was also the name of a nearby airfield, later named Henderson Field.
(USS Lunga Point (CVE-94) is also the name of a US Navy escort carrier that operated in World War II.)
Twenty thousand US Marines landed at Lunga Point on August 7, 1942 in order to capture the airfield being constructed by the Imperial Japanese Army before it could become operational, beginning the Guadalcanal campaign.
By kjfitz @ 2011-02-01 16:41:48