Palau is comprised of roughly 250 islands that form the western portion of the Caroline Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Also known as "Belau".
Prior to World War I, Palau was a German colony with Koror
as the capital to administer the Caroline and Marshall
Islands. After World War I, Palau was mandated
to Japan by the League of Nations. In March 1922 Palau
became been the headquarters of the Japanese South Seas Colonial
Administration when a civilian administration
took over administration from the Japanese Navy.
During 1944, in support of U. S. Army General MacArthur's island hopping campaign to liberate the Philippines a campaign to neutralize Palau with aerial attacks was begun culminating with a U. S. Marine Corps amphibious landing on September 15, 1944. Contrary
to what planners believed, both Peleliu and Angaur were heavily fortified
and the battle was costly. Afterwards, Palau was developed into an airfield and base area.
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December 27, 2016