1st to Fight: Guadalcanal 1942

Focuses on two Marines of the famed 1st Marine Division, Bill Finnegan and Lou Imfeld, who both landed in the opening wave of the invasion of the island on August 7, 1942. The landings on Guadalcanal represented the United States’ first sea/land offensive of WWII following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Both Imfeld and Finnegan also took part in the fighting for Henderson Field on the island and at famed Alligator Creek. Their stories of fighting the tenacious Japanese on the island are incredible.

There are only a handful of 1st Marines who took part in the fighting in the Solomon Island who are still alive. The World War II Foundation interviewed both Imfeld and Finnegan in late 2017, as well as a United States Army soldier Harold Demopolis of the 40th Infantry Division who arrived on Guadalcanal prior to the fighting there ending in February of 1943.

Lou Imfeld


Features Amazing Drone Footage of Guadalcanal & the Solomon Islands

Guadalcanal is one of the most famous battles in the history of the United States Marine Corps and determined who controlled the key shipping and air lanes between the United States and Australia.


Narrated by Jason Beghe & Rob Riggle

Jason Beghe

Rob Riggle


The Japanese lost a total of 24,000 men killed in the Battle of Guadalcanal, while the Americans sustained 1,600 killed, 4,200 wounded, and several thousand dead from malaria and other tropical diseases. The various naval battles cost each side 24 warships: the Japanese lost 2 battleships, 4 cruisers, 1 light carrier, 11 destroyers, and 6 submarines, while the Americans lost 8 cruisers, 2 heavy carriers, and 14 destroyers (source: Encyclopædia Britannica)

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Solomon Islands Drone Footage

Film Features:

-Rarely seen & extensive drone video of Guadalcanal and surrounding islands

-Rare interviews with veterans of the 1st Marine Division who landed on August 7, 1942 (only a few are still alive) and who fought in many of the major battles on the island and a soldier of the 40th Infantry Division (US Army), who came ashore in December 1942 while the battle was still ongoing

-Low angle video and animated photos of Guadalcanal

-Incredible archival video from August of 1942 and the following months of the savage fight on Guadalcanal



Video of Red Beach where the 1st Marines came ashore on August 7, 1942 

The above video courtesy of Aussie Mick Holmesby

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