Coast Guardsmen and Marines participate in what is likely a Christmas divine service aboard a Coast-Guard-manned LST, en route to Cape Gloucester, New Britain. The first landings on Cape Gloucester took place on 26 December 1943.
“Japanese sentry who joined Marines.” “Nipper,” a Japanese sentry dog, who voluntarily joined the Marines on Cape Gloucester, poses with Master Technical Sergeant George E. Ausman, who had been a Marine since 1926 (GW 966 77356).
Loading LSTs at Oro Bay, New Guinea, on 24 December 1943, in preparation for the Cape Gloucester landings two days later. LSTs present include (from left to right): LST-202, LST-466, LST-468, LST-475, LST-474, and LST-18 (USMC 69080).
USS Phoenix (CL-46) firing her 6-inch/47-caliber guns during the pre-invasion bombardment of Cape Gloucester, New Britain, circa 24-26 December 1943. Photographed from the ship's fantail, looking forward (80-G-57445).
A toast is drunk in coconut juice on the occasion of the 24th birthday of Sergeant Milan A. Cicak, USMC (center). The birthday found him and his buddies on a patrol in the Cape Gloucester jungle (GW 966 77431).