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Coast Guard LST Follows LCIs to Cape Sansapor

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At the end of July 1944, United States Army General Douglas MacArthur sent an amphibious expeditionary force to Cape Sansapor, New Guinea. By doing so he made a 200-mile jump from his previous most advanced position. The Coast Guard-manned LSTs 18, 22, 26, 66, 67, 68, 170, 202, 204 and 206 all took part in the landings and the follow-up activity. The Coast Guard-manned frigates Bisbee, Coronado, Eugene, Gallup, Glendale, Long Beach, San Pedro and Van Buren performed offshore patrols during the landings. MacArthur‘s planners sped up the operations in New Guinea, bypassing Japanese strongholds. Cape Sansapor was selected because of its ability to support Tank Landing Ships (LSTs). Here elements of the United States Army‘s Sixth Infantry Division, their anti-aircraft guns manned in case of air attack, follow in the wake of Infantry Landing Craft (LCIs) to the Vogelkop Peninsula.
Image Filename wwii1049.jpg
Image Size 1.70 MB
Image Dimensions 2917 x 2086
Photographer Watson, Harry R.
Photographer Title Photographer‘s Mate First Class
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed July 29, 1944
Location Coast Guard LST
City Cape Sansapor
State or Province Vogelkop Peninsula
Country New Guinea
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
Record Number
Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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