National Geographic : 1944 Jul
00 U.S.Coast Guard, Official Beneath Bagana Volcano Assault Boats Circle in Empress Augusta Bay Awaiting Their Turn toStorm the Beaches During the charge, helmeted Marines in green- and brown-splotched suits crouched down behind the armored sides ofthe LCVPs. Asthe boats landed, ramps dropped and Marines poured out, quickly getting under cover. Then they "snake-bellied," or crawled 'on hands and knees,through thejungle tocapture the Bougainville air strip. Jap snipers were hiding in the trees and strafing planes tried to break through our air cover (page 24).