Between December 7, 1941 and September 2, 1945, more than three million troops and more than 63 million tons of additional supplies and materials were shipped overseas through the Port of New York, making it the busiest sea port in the world during the war. The port reached its peak of activity in March of 1943 when 543 ships were awaiting convoy assignment or berthing with as many as 425 vessels already at one of the 650 piers or docks. Likewise, after the war, New York City was the first sight of home for many a soldier and sailor after spending several years fighting overseas.
This series of photos is believed to have been taken on November 1, 1945 as S/Sgt. Jerry Pinkowski of the 347th Ordnance Depot Company sailed into New York Harbor and up the Hudson River. Several recognizable sights can be seen as his ship made its way north past the Statue of Liberty, including the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, Riverside Church, Grant's Tomb, the George Washington Bridge, the Cloisters Museum and the Henry Hudson Bridge.