25 May 2013

Coast Guard LST Heads for Cape Gloucester with Elements of 1st Marine Division

Image size: 1408 x 1600 pixel. 381 KB
Date: Friday, 24 December 1943
Place: Cape Glucester, New Britain, Solomon Islands
Photographer: Unknown

"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 1st Marine Division. On Decembert 26, 1943, two days later, the 1st 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 US 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. 

NARA (National Archives) Identifier 513188. Record Group 26: Records of the U.S. Coast Guard, 1785 - 2005 (ARC identifier: 355). Series: Activities, Facilities, and Personalities, compiled 1886 - 1967 (ARC identifier: 513164). NAIL Control Number: NWDNS-26-G-3056

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