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The Battle of Peleliu, codenamed ‘Operation Stalemate II’ Marines covered by a USMC M4A2(75) Sherman tank # A10 of Company 'A’ 1st Tank Battalion, move cautiously forward during an assault on a Japanese bunker, on the island of Peleliu in the Pacific...

The Battle of Peleliu, codenamed ‘Operation Stalemate II’ Marines covered by a USMC Sherman tank # of Company 'A’ Tank Battalion, move cautiously forward during an assault on a Japanese bunker, on the island of Peleliu in the Pacific.

A US Marine weeps after killing a Japanese soldier, Battle of Peleliu Island, WW2

A US Marine weeps after killing a Japanese soldier, Battle of Peleliu Island, Something I can fully understand. You do it to save human kind. Not destroy it.

The Pacific  Battle of Peleliu - YouTube

The Pacific Battle of Peleliu - YouTube

The Battle of Peleliu Originated the term "Thousand yard stare." It is the gaze of a soldier who has experience battle fatigue. Tom Lea was a war correspondent and painter who covered this Pacific World War II battle.

"The 2000 yard stare" by Thomas Lea. This is obviously a war setting but could be a metaphor for life as well. because life can also has this effect on many people; in fact more of an effect (& on more people too) than we commonly imagine :-(

Private First Class Richard E. Kraus, US Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient Battle of Peleliu, Palau Islands, World War II October 3, 1944. Namesake of USS Richard E. Kraus (DD-849).

Private First Class Richard E. Kraus, US Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient Battle of Peleliu, Palau Islands, World War II October Namesake of USS Richard E. Kraus my first ship.

September 15, 1944 – Battle of Peleliu begins as the United States Marine Corps' 1st Marine Division and the United States Army's 81st Infantry Division hit White and Orange beaches under heavy fire from Japanese infantry and artillery.

September 1944 – Battle of Peleliu begins as the United States Marine Corps' Marine Division and the United States Army's Infantry Division hit White and Orange beaches under heavy fire from Japanese infantry and artillery.

15 September 1944: The first wave of LVTs approach the beaches during the American assault on Peleliu.

The first wave of LVTs moved toward Peleliu invasion beaches, Palau Islands, 15 Sep note the bombardment lines consisted of LCIs, cruisers, and battleships; photo taken USS Honolulu aircraft - Source: United States National Archives

The Battle of Peleliu, codenamed Operation Stalemate II  Men of the 5th Marine Regiment, US 1st Marine Division fighting their way up Beaches 'Orange' 1 and 2, Peleliu, Pacific. 15 Sep 1944.

The Battle of Peleliu, codenamed Operation Stalemate II Men of the Marine Regiment, US Marine Division fighting their way up Beaches 'Orange' 1 and Peleliu, Pacific.

US Marines climbing down the nets into landing craft during the Battle of Peleliu, September-November 1944. Peleliu is a small coral island, one of the southern most islands of the present-day Republic of Palau, situated in the western Pacific Ocean,...

United States Marines climbing down the nets into landing craft during the Battle of Peleliu, September-November 1944

U.S. Marines of the 1st Marine Division move through the sand to try to establish a beachhead during the first day of the Battle of Peleliu, Operation Stalemate II.

Field Depot Marines stand-by for movement orders off the Peleliu beach head. This unit was made up of the Marine Ammunition Co, and the Marine Depot Co. These Marines were attached to the Service Group, MarDiv for operations on Peleliu.

Veterans of the Battle of Peleliu, these Marines were Navajo and Comanche code talkers.

Floyd Saupitty (Comanche), and PFC Alex Williams (Navajo) five months after participating in the battle of Peleliu - 1945

Battle of Peleliu WW II 9-15-1944--10-15-1944 The battle was officially known as Operation Stalemate II but the survivors still call it The Forgotten Battle. It was one of the last big Pacific battles of World War II and one of the bloodiest. Even the names associated with this small coral strip of land in the Palau islands sound hostile and discordant: Bloody Nose Ridge, the Pocket, Five Sisters, Five Brothers or the China Wall.

Skull and danger sign in combat area, Pelelu, Palau Islands, Oct 1944 /United States Marine Corps

Warfare History Network » The Battle of Peleliu: Shocked Beyond Imagination

On the eve of the Battle of Peleliu, the Marines were told it would be “very tough but very short.” Unfortunately, it would prove to be one of the bloodiest and most neglected battles of the Pacific War.