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At Halavo Seaplane Base, Islanders teach black American Seabees (in shirts) how to make thatch for shading cooler barracks.
Ventriloquist and his two charges entertain Marshall Islanders as part of a visit by Marine entertainers.
Four Fais men sort newly acquired American money with advice from U.S. Marines. [See "more images" below for complete caption]
Just one month before being killed by a burst of machine gun fire on a small island off Okinawa, famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle enjoys a happy moment with local children.
Local coastwatchers on guard at their post overlooking Noumea harbor receive a visit from a "liberty party" of sailors from the USS Enterprise.
Two young Islanders wait on table in a military mess. One serviceman pours out a dose of Quinine Sulfate
After the Americans recaptured the island, a Pharmacists Mate treats the infected hand of a young Chamorro girl in a Navy dispensary constructed of local material
New public health measures were developed during the war to reduce massive troop casualties from malaria. [See "more images" below for complete caption]
Gift-giving druing the war flowed two ways, and many Islanders recall the presents they gave to Allied and Japanese servicemen. [See "more images" below for complete caption]
In return, "in the name of Admiral Nimitz," the Naval officeres present Islanders with a pile of military supplies including cigarettes, cigars, spools of thread, knives, and caramel candy.
Islanders and sailors from the USS Nicholas exchange grass skirts for cigarettes. [See "more images" below for complete caption]
Members of the Fijian 3rd Battalion, dressed in traditional dance costume, honor officers of the Allied forces with a kava (yaqona) ceremony. [See "more images" below for complete caption]
Fais Islanders try out a new custom: saluting the American flag. [See "more images" below for complete caption]
On behalf of Solomon Islanders, Jacob Vouza of the Solomon Islandes Defence Force, and honorary Sergeant Major in the U.S. Marine Corps, presents a plaque of gratitude to the commander of U.S. forces on the island. [See "more images" below for complete caption]