22 November 1942

Battle for Gona explodes into action as Diggers launch attacks from the west and along the beach. The defenders fight back fiercely with a heavy barrage of automatic fire.

The leading Australian attack reaches the Jap defensive pits but the attack fades after the Diggers find themselves enfiladed from both sides. Sgt Ken Davy and Cpl Allen Pullyn are awarded the Military Medal for their leadership and bravery during the attack.

The Diggers lose 32 killed in the action and more than 50 seriously wounded.