By Bill Sloan
Files the reviews of the 1st Marine department at Peleliu among September 15 and October 15, 1944, a conflict in which U.S. Pacific forces suffered their maximum variety of casualties, in an account in keeping with interviews with veteran survivors. 50,000 first printing.
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They’d reached the South Pacific inside of a couple of weeks of one another. each one had risen to the rank of captain and assumed command of a rifle corporation. In many ways, notwithstanding, they have been additionally a examine in contrasts. Haldane was once definitely the best athlete Pope had ever known—a “man’s guy” in each feel. yet Haldane conveniently admitted being a mediocre pupil who used to be satisfied to make Cs, whereas Pope’s uniqueness was once scholarship, and his Phi Beta Kappa key proved it. If the battle hadn’t come alongside, Haldane probably would’ve been training soccer someplace right away, and Pope most likely educating English lit. “See you stateside,” Andy stated as they shook arms back. “If you get there earlier than I do, inform everyone I acknowledged hi. ” As their vehicles bounced alongside the line prior the airfield, the lads of K/3/5 may possibly infrequently think how various it seemed from the final time they’d obvious it. The bomb and shell craters and mangled wreckage have been as a rule long gone, changed via heavy gear. A neat tent urban have been erected beside the sector, and American planes may quickly be flying dozens of day-by-day strive against missions from its runways. in the meantime, battalions of Seabees and armed forces and Marine carrier group of workers have been going approximately their enterprise in clean, fresh uniforms. They seemed as though they have been in Hawaii or San Diego rather than below 1,000 yards from the closest enemy fortifications, and the haggard, unshaven males at the vehicles discovered the distinction either impressive and miserable. this modification was once the single optimistic results of the blood sacrifices within the ridges. Puller’s regiment, with gigantic support from the 7th Marines, had controlled to push the japanese a long way adequate north to place the airfield past the powerful achieve of enemy mortar and artillery hearth. lots of the Umurbrogol was once nonetheless firmly in jap fingers, yet instead of proceed the suicidal frontal attacks at the 5 Sisters and the ridges past, department headquarters had made up our minds to aim a distinct tactic. rather than using instantly forward, the plan used to be to skirt the enemy stronghold with a northward thrust up the West street. The project used to be to safe the total northern region of Peleliu, and the 5th Marines’ 3rd Battalion might lead the assault. The vehicles transporting K/3/5 proceeded up the West street for a brief distance, then stopped to permit the boys off. alongside the roadside, they observed the 1st military troops they’d encountered on Peleliu—members of the 321st Regiment of the Eighty-first Infantry department. those squaddies had simply captured the island of Angaur seven miles to the south and have been now relieving the 1st Marines. basic Rupertus may perhaps now not deny his division’s determined situation and had reluctantly agreed to simply accept restricted aid from the military. because the Marines undergone the military strains, the 2 teams mingled in brief and traded info, and it used to be quickly obvious that the dogfaces wouldn’t be accompanying the gyrenes on their march north. the military troops have been entering into the world formerly occupied by way of the 1st Marines and may stay within the southern area of Peleliu in the intervening time.