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  • n. One of the allied military intelligence operatives stationed on remote Pacific island locations during World War II, to observe enemy shipping movements and rescue stranded Allied personnel.

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Examples

  • Several coastwatcher stations were constructed at Auckland and Campbell Islands and manned during the Second World War.

    Subantarctic Islands, New Zealand

  • Prior to the air raid, coastwatcher Jack Read on Bougainville had reported forty bombers en route.

    The Do-or-Die Men

  • Not a single coastwatcher was betrayed to the Japanese during the Pacific War.19

    The Do-or-Die Men

  • There had been no word from coastwatcher Martin Clemens on Guadalcanal for two weeks.

    The Do-or-Die Men

  • Part of the briefing concerned the whereabouts of Guadalcanal coastwatcher Martin Clemens, who had not been heard from for the past few weeks.

    The Do-or-Die Men

  • It was a coastwatcher who alerted the Americans to the construction of an airfield on Guadalcanal in early July of 1942, leading the allies to seize the island and do it quickly.

    The Do-or-Die Men

  • Detailed intelligence gathered from aerial reconnaissance and coastwatcher Martin Clemens revealed that a twelve-ship Japanese convoy had docked at Lunga Point and had unloaded four heavy-duty tractors, six road rollers, two generators, an ice plant, two tiny locomotives and a dozen hopper cars.

    The Do-or-Die Men

  • Meanwhile, the Marines had received word at about 1115 from Australian coastwatcher Paul Mason on southern Bougainville of an impending Japanese air attack.

    The Do-or-Die Men

  • More than a year later, another coastwatcher, Australian Navy Sub-Lt. Austin Reginald Evans, hid U.S. Navy Lt. John F. Kennedy near Kolombangara from the Japanese after his PT-109 was rammed and sunk by an enemy destroyer.

    The Do-or-Die Men

  • Edson had met often with former coastwatcher Henry Josselyn, who would go ashore with the Raiders the next day.

    The Do-or-Die Men

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