Marines boarding USS LCI-340 at Oro Bay, New Guinea, on the day before Christmas 1943. They landed at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, on 26 December (USMC 72064).
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.
USS LST -67 landing troops through the surf on a Cape Gloucester beach (SC-184422).
LST-18 and LST-463 stand by as troops assemble on a Cape Gloucester beach. Photographed by USS Nashville (CL-43) on 26December 1943 (80-G-57464).
Aboard a Coast Guard–manned LST, a Navy doctor and Coast Guard pharmacist's mate perform an emergency operation on a wounded man (NH-94755).
“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).
Dummy Japanese gun crew: To mislead the Marines about the strength of the opposing forces in one area of cape Glousester, the Japanese rigged up this scarecrow gun and crew (GW 970 71518).
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).
Marines and Coast Guardmen landing on Cape Gloucester, New Britain, circa 26 December 1943. An LVT-1 leads the way as some men carry stretchers and others push a jeep toward the beach (26-G-3046).
Supplies being unloaded on the Cape Gloucester beachhead by LST-66, LST-67, LST-68, LST-202, and LST-204 (80-G-57458).
Wounded sailors at the Battle of Cape Gloucester (UA 462.20).
Marines with Japanese prisoner on Cape Gloucester, January 1944 (GW 971 77192).
Following their capture, Japanese prisoners at Cape Gloucester are issued clean clothing (GW 971 89059).
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).