Chuuk

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Chuuk

 (cho͝ok) or Truk (trŭk, tro͝ok)
An island group and state of the Federated States of Micronesia in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean. Site of a major Japanese naval base during World War II, the islands were part of the US Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands from 1947 to 1986.
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Truk Atoll lies seven degrees north of the equator in the southwestern Pacific, some 1,000 miles northeast of New Guinea and 3,300 miles southwest of Hawaii.
Our destination was Jap-held Truk Atoll [in the Caroline islands], in the South Pacific.
As a result MacArthur was able to forestall a conquest of New Guinea via the Kokoda Trail, as well as wipe out a large part of Japanese air power at Truk Atoll, and Slim wrongfooted Mutaguchi's attempted invasion of India at Kohima.