26-G-1108441_Box 70_1: Invasion of Leyte, Philippines, 20 October 1944. Reflection of Liberation. Reflected in General MacArthur’s glasses are figures of the Filipino natives greeting his return joyously on the beach of Leyte Island after the island had been under Japanese oppression for nearly three years. This enlargement of a close-up photograph was made by a Coast Guard Combat Photographer who held his camera on the General for ten minutes waiting for the exact instant to snap...
USS Wasp (CV-7) was a United States Navy aircraft carrier commissioned in 1940 and lost in action in 1942. The eighth Navy ship of that name, she was the sole ship of her class. Built to use up the remaining tonnage allowed to the U.S. for aircraft carriers under the treaties of the time, she was built on a reduced-size version of the Yorktown-class hull.
26-G-3537_Box 70_1: Invasion of Leyte, Philippines, 20 October 1944. Hell Breaks Loose Overhead as Philippines Liberators Strike. U.S. Coast Guard-manned landings barges, loaded with troops, sweep toward the beaches of Leyte Island at H-Hour as American and Japanese planes dual to death overhead. Here, the troops watch the drama being written in the skies as they approach the hellfire on the shore. U.S. Coast Guard photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.