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Marines arrive in Wellington


The US 1st Marine Division arrives in Wellington aboard the USS Wakefield on 14 June 1942.

The journey to camp

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After leaving the ship, the Marines boarded a train to Paekākāriki, where they disembarked and marched into camp. The 1st Marines did not stay long, departing six weeks later for the bloody Guadalcanal campaign in the Solomon Islands.


Main image: Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: F 32262 1/4
Photographer: George Silk
Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

Other images: Alexander Turnbull Library

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