28 July 1942

When Lt Co Bill Owen finds the Japanese had not reached Kokoda, he orders his men to re-occupy it, leaving a small rearguard at Deniki.

Medic Jack Wilkinson notes in his diary at Kokoda: “We have 77 men all battle weary and suffering from exposure. Have had no sleep for three nights and fell rotten.” Lt Col Bill Owen sets his men in defensive positions around the Kokoda plateau.