8 January 1943

General Douglas MacArthur leaves Moresby for Brisbane, saying his work is done, even though the final assault on Sanananda has not yet begun.

His order for the day issues US Distinguished Service Crosses to a range of commanders, including Blamey, Eichelberger, Eather and Wootten.

He also issued a communiqué claiming “the complete annihilation of the Japanese Papuan Army.”