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Heads high, these native troopers march as proudly as their white allies at Southwest Pacific base. [See "more images" below for complete caption]
U.S. Marine wearing a Japanese sword and canteen, with three members of the native police force on Guadalcanal
Native police boy draws a map on the ground showing the position of enemy forces. [See "more images" below for complete caption]
Major C. V. Widdy, chief manager for Levers Pacific Plantations before the war, gives a potential labor corps recruit a cursory medical examination
American Civil Affairs Officer makes friends by giving candy to children after the Marines' amphibious landing on the island.
Natives of a South Pacific island join a Navy labor battalion aas workers and guides. Their first meal aboard ship.
Natives of Green Island line up behind their chief (right) and catechist at the dedication of a chapel and cemetery. [See "more images" below for complete caption]
This Melanesian construction worker, as much at home as a monkey on te framework of a warehouse for Marine Corps supplies at a South Pacific base, is proudest of his cap and his cross. [See "more images" below for complete caption]
Women and children watch as men from their village leave for labor corps work with the allies on Guadalcanal.
Navy nurses give a yaws injection to a Micronesian child. [See "more images" below for complete caption]
Tongans sail out to the USS Enterprise to sell or trade beads, shells, grass skirts, and mats to the sailors.
Hundreds of Marshallese natives, representing many atolls in these islands, staged an impressive ceremony on 4th of July, honoring American independence and their own recent freedom from the Japanese. [See "more images" below for complete caption]
An American Catholic priest, standing next to a makeshift altar set up on the bech to give a prayer service, presents a young Micronesian girl with a rosary.
ROSARY FOR EACH: Even as their ancestors treasured the amulets about their necks, the natives eagerly accept rosaries brought them by Father Weehan.
The first Christian service is held on Cape Gloucester since the Japanese imprisoned the resident missionary two years previously. [See "more images" below for complete caption]
Easter Services at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, with Malaita Natives participating. [See "more images" below for complete caption]
The native-built chapel in an Allied cemetery is formally turned over to the Allied command at dedication ceremonies. "Island Encounters" photograph collection.