First Muddy Camp 1
"First (temporary) camp of the ground crew of 17th Recon Sqdn - Milne Bay New Guinea Nov 4 to Nov 16 1943 in MUD - !" From "Darkroom Soldier": "Building the Aihoma Road. For the nine or ten days Hill's unit waited at Milne Bay, they were assigned to Aihoma, a swampy area flooded by afternoon rains. Here, standing in jungle mud, they are laying the log base for a dry walkway between their quarters and kitchen. Left to right: M/Sgt Fred Argo, 1st Sgt John Rixham, Maj Fred Harris, Cpl Dick Baxter. Squatting, holding left end of log: Sgt Bob Casey. At other end of log: Sgt John Nasca." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
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