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"In the course of 20 months overseas the 20th handled every conceivable type of cargo from eggs to two-ton bombs. By late July 1945, the battalion had handled well over one-half million tons of cargo. For their continual good work under adverse conditions, the 20th Special received numerous commendations from high ranking Naval Officials.

Following the end of the war, an increasing number of men of the battalion began the long-awaited trip to the United States. On October, 22, 1945, the battalion received the welcome orders to begin inactivation. On November 3, 1945, the battalion was officially decommissioned.

To help recall the days on Manus the battalion is publishing this book. On this and following pages you will find many pictures which record far better than words, the humor, thrills and boredom shared by all during duty with the 20th Special Battalion. Every effort has been made to minimize the amount of copy and captions, in order that each man may relate his own personal story for every picture.

So, proceed, Mr. Civilian, the history of the 20th Special U. S. N. C. B. lies in your hands."

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Army& Navy Pub. Co.


Baton Rouge


United States Navy, World War 1939-1945, Regimental Histories, 20th Special U.S. Naval Construction Battalion, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea


Military History

The Manus Review: 20th Special U.S. Naval Construction Battalion



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