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Today in World War II History—Dec. 31, 1943

Poster for the US Victory Book Campaign

Poster for the US Victory Book Campaign

75 Years Ago—Dec. 31, 1943: US Marines secure crucial airfield at Cape Gloucester, New Britain in the Solomons.

Victory Book Campaign closes due to inefficiency of program and to the publication of the Armed Services Editions books; had collected 17 million books and distributed 11 million.

Fletcher-class destroyer USS Cassin Young is commissioned at San Pedro, CA (currently a museum ship in Boston). [See pictures of the USS Cassin Young in my three-part blog series: Destroyer Tour]

Sarah Sundin by the 5-inch gun mount on destroyer USS Cassin Young, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, July 2014 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Sarah Sundin by the 5-inch gun mount on destroyer USS Cassin Young, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, July 2014 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)