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Today in World War II History—December 14, 1942

US troops crossing Japanese-built footbridge to Buna Mission over Entrance Creek, Papua New Guinea, December 1942 (US Army Center for Military History)

US troops crossing Japanese-built footbridge to Buna Mission over Entrance Creek, Papua New Guinea, December 1942 (US Army Center for Military History)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 14, 1942: US and Australian troops occupy Buna, New Guinea.

On submarine USS Grayback in the Bismarck Islands, an appendectomy is performed by Pharmacist’s Mate First Class Harry B. Roby, second of three such operations performed on US subs in WWII.

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