Island only 5 square miles, at the southern end of the Palau Island Group.
was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific War. 6,000 Japanese defended the island when the 1st Marine Division landed on September 15, 1944 on the southwest corner of the island. In two months there were over 20,000
The American drive was halted for
a month on Umurbrogol ridge (know as the Battle of Bloody Nose
Ridge). Organized Japanese resistance ended on October 13, 1944
although some Japanese soldiers held out for the rest of the war
to harass American forces, or even
Orin Whitman 1st Marine Division recalls:
"The Marines called for help, [on Peleliu] on 23rd and [from Angaur] we relieved some of the marines they were shot up bad,
major Ray Davis lost 71% of his battalion any one who survived Peleliu should
have some kind of metal, It was tough there. also went to Leyte PI
but it was nothing like Peleliu. Went on to japan and was home 28 of
Feb. 1946. Went back to peleliu in September 1999 for the 55th anniversary. The Island didn't
look the same but lot of the pill boxes, bunkers, air strip,guns
and gun emplacements were just as we left them, Peleliu was one
hell of a place in 44, no way I can describe it."
American and Japanese
missions against Peleliu
June 9, 1944 - November 29, 1944
Beach / Bloody
On September 15, 1944 "White Beach" was the site of the initial US Marine landings. There is a huge blockhouse
inland of White Beach that has been renovated into the new
museum. During the battle, the blockhouse was heavily fortified
and delayed the advance of the 1st Marines. Supporting arms
to neutralize the position and it finally took the 14" guns
of a battleship to destroy the fortification! Maj. Ray Davis
moved his CP group near the structure and the blockhouse was used
as the 1st Battalion aid station.
Located on the south-west corner of the island. On September 15, 1944 the USMC 5th and 7th Marines landed at this beach. Today, wreckage remains on shore.
Built by the Japanese, captured by American forces in September 1944.
Ridge located to the north of Peleliu Airfield
TBM-1C Avenger Bureau Number 16956
Pilot Baxter crashed September 13, 1944
Tori gate and park area
81st Infantry Memorial
Simple memorial of two stone pillars and a white cross
(Bloody Nose Ridge)
The American drive was halted for a month at this ridge by stubborn
Japanese resistance. Wreckage includes an American Tank.
Disabled by a mine, flipped on its side
LVT(A)-1 Landing Vehicle Tracked
Abandoned on Peleliu
A small war museum in the main village, Klouklubed.
Japanese bunkers and headquarters building are also
tucked into the jungle regrowth.
This is a recently discovered
shipwreck. The ship has depth charges, gas masks,
helmets, forks and pots in the compartments and cargo
Ditched in shallow water offshore
Upside down, ditched at Tim's Reef
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July 6, 2017