USS General John Pope
"The Troop Transport the USS Gen. John Pope which carried the 17th ground personnel and Many others from New Port News Virginia to Milne Bay New Guinea" From "Darkroom Soldier": "The USS General John Pope (AP-110). The ship, named after Civil War general and Indian fighter John Pope, was launched at Kearny, New Jersey on March 21, 1943, and later ferried Fred Hill and other military personnel for nearly six weeks from Norfolk, Virginia, to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia -- via the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, and across the Pacific Ocean. En route to Queensland, the crew 'celebrated' crossing the equator, a rite of passage which Hill describes in one of his letters to his wife, Martha." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
Helten, Paula (curator)
(c)Eastern Oregon University. This image is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial - No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/). Acknowledgement of Eastern Oregon University as a source is required. For print quality images, prints, or high resolution tiff files, or commercial uses please contact the Library Director at Eastern Oregon University.
Milne Bay, New Guinea
From the Collection of Fred Hill