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Coast Guard LST Heads for Cape Gloucester with Elements of First Marine Division

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“Crammed with men and material for the invasion, this Coast Guard-manned LST nears the Japanese held shore.“ Troops shown in the picture are leathernecks from the First Marine Division. On Decembert 26, 1943, two days later, the First Marine Division landed on Cape Gloucester, New Britain using Coast Guard-manned LST‘s 18, 22, 66, 67, 68, 168, 202, 204, and 206, and many other United States Navy ships. The LST-22 shot down a Japanese “Val“ dive bomber while LST-66 was officially credited with downing three enemy aircraft. Two of her crew were killed by near misses. LST-67 brought down one Japanese dive bomber while LST-204 shot down two and the gunners aboard LST-68 claimed another. The LST-202 claimed three enemy planes shot down. 76 LSTs were crewed by the Coast Guard during World War II.
Image Filename wwii1031.jpg
Image Size 2.24 MB
Image Dimensions 2303 x 2904
Photographer Unknown
Photographer Title
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed December 24, 1943
Location Coast Guard LST
City Cape Gloucester
State or Province New Britain
Country Solomon Islands
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
Record Number
Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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