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With opns on Los Negros in the mopping up stage, the 1st Cav Division's 2d BDE moved on Manus, the next island across Seeadler Harbor in the Admiralty archipelago.

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On 11 March, reconnaissance patrols landed on three small offshore islands, including Hauwei and Butjo Luto, to determine if they were suitable for positioning artillery to support the amphibious landing on Manus.
On 12 March, 2d Squadron of the 7th Cav made an amphibious assault with air, naval gunfire and artillery support, and overcame the Japanese defenders the next day with the aid of a tank. The division then positioned two field artillery battalions on Hauwei and one on Butjo Luto.
On 15 March, units of the 1st Squadron, 8th Cavalry crossed Seeadler Harbor in tracked landing vehicles (LVTs) for a surprise amphibious assault at Lugos supported by naval gun and rocket fire, air and artillery support.
After moving inland against light resistance, Japanese opposition increased. A tough complex of artillery-resistant bunkers stopped the American advance before it reached the airfield.
Reinforced by the 2d Squadron, 8th Cavalry, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry and tanks, the Americas secured the airfield on 17 March, and took the objective of Lorengau the next day.
As the 7th Cavalry advanced toward Rossum, on 20 March it found the main Japanese force on the island prepared for a final stand. The 7th and 8th Cavalry took six more days of hard fighting to overcome the well dug-in enemy defenders.

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