Life's Journeys

Journaled observations as I move through Life on Earth


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When I inherited my father’s Marine Corps WWII Service album, I went quickly through it, thinking to myself how can I possibly keep this pictorial journal of war and death? For the first two years, it was hidden away in a back shelf, but somehow, it kept calling to me.   Finally, after four years, I gave it to a friend three states away for “safekeeping.”  But within two months, for reasons beyond reason, the war album showed up in my mailbox.  So, if it was meant to stay with me, then why?  After considerable and deep thought, it came to me to share these remnants of war as experienced through the eyes of one man—my father.

As the ideas began to form and shape in my mind, it occurred to me that by sharing these snapshots and notes there might be information useful for genealogical searches, for instance.  But, most importantly my generation perhaps can gain better perspective and insight into what our parents memories contained, as we deal with the violence and stripping of our constitutional rights today. This is my way of turning something negative into a positive tool in some way.  If only one person out there finds this information useful in a positive way,  I will feel my own mission accomplished, and perhaps this album will have finally found it’s ultimate purpose.

I am forever proud of my fathers courage—he is a hero to me, but he came away from it knowing that war was not the answer. The men and women who have served this great country did so believing that they would ensure freedom for their families and their descendants. We cannot let them down by allowing our government in ANY generation rewrite our Constitution to their own ends.

Please wake, up, America.


I was inside a huge crater with two other guys when the enemy opened fire on us. The first explosion dropped to our left and the second one, to our right. We knew this was a ‘pinning’ strategy. We waited for the third explosion,but it never came; this is when we realized that the .30-caliber water-cooled machine guns we had been aiming at them were jammed! We were helpless. All around us, the crossfire was lighting up the sky, and it was paralyzing.

It was the next day, September 19, 1944, when we were all walking toward our target, Bloody Nose Ridge, when I was hit by fire in the left side. I was down and could not move, but I felt no pain, no pain at all. Then I was hit two times in the left arm, and while the medics were trying to work on me, the bottom of my left foot was split open by shrapnel. I yelled in pain this time; ‘Oh, God! My foot, my foot!’ I heard someone say ‘Damn your foot! Your guts are hanging out!” There must have been a force that very much wanted me to make it through, because everything that should have happened, didn’t happen. With our guns jammed, a third missile would have got us for sure, but it never came. Without exception, the hospital ship moved out to sea at night, but for reasons that could never be explained, that ship came back to shore to get me that night.

In April of 1998, just months before he passed on, my father finally talked about the war.  I am grateful that he passed the above account down to me before he left.


“If my soldiers began to think, not one of them would remain in the ranks.” Frederick the Great


Photos were likely taken by a war photographer–I do not think my father took any of the Peleliu war shots, although he was in the middle of most of the action. Newspaper accounts and notes on photos used terms we might consider unacceptable today.. I have not altered them in any way–it was all part of that era.

FELLOW FRIENDS; FELLOW ENEMIES: 1943-1944  Moments of Innocence.

PELELIU, BLOODY NOSE RIDGE: September 1944   Innocence lost.

(WARNING: These are not location shots from the movie “Saving Private Ryan.” They are reality and they are graphic in nature.


Marty was wounded only a few days into the battle so entries are rather sparse. Includes notice to his parents and newspaper draft article (Excerpt from interview: “Shortly after I landed on Peleliu on D-day, I became separated from my outfit and, before I realized it, I was pinned down by a sniper…..”.


Bob Hope USO Tour: I have identified Mr. Hope, Jerry Cologna, and actress Frances Langford (with the help of an aunt). I have not identified the others. Do you know?

Submitted on 2011/04/19 at 9:14 am
Larry Weathersby   “Regarding your questions about Bob Hope’s performers, my mother wrote, ‘Patty Thomas was the dancer and looks very much like the lady in photo…And USO performance was Aug. 7, 1944.’ ”

ON THE BEACH AT PELELIU: An Inspirational story by Brooking Rouse Gex I found this photocopied published story in my Father’s USMC Album. It appeared in `Earth Angel` magazine in 1996 and was authored by a Medic on Peleliu at the time my father was there and wounded. The Medic`s name was Brooking Rouse Gex. I will never know if my dad was one of the men on a stretcher attended by medic Brooking Gex, but he did tell me that after he was shot, he had an out-of-body experience and remembered `standing by` to get back into his body.


Oath Keepers is an association of currently serving military, veterans, and peace officers who will fulfill the oath we swore to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

DOCUMENTARY:  THE GROUND TRUTH: AFTER THE KILLING ENDS “…takes an unflinching look at the training and dehumanization of U.S. soldiers, and how they struggle to come to terms with it when they come back home.”



03/16/2009: I am starting a Peleliu Honor List for any soldier I can find who fought in the battle on Peleliu.   If you have/had a loved one who was on Peleliu during World War II, please contact me and with permission, I will post here.

Edward A Amaral, Gy Sgt. – Bridgewater, Mass.
Squad Leader, Marine Assault Rifle Co. B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
Bronze Star
(w/Combat V) Purple Heart (Peleliu)

Robert C. Baker Corporal - Madelia, Minnesota.
Squad Leader, Marine Assault Rifle 11th Marines I Co 3rd Battalion 1st Marine Div (Served from Cape Gloucester thru Okinawa)

Charles Bernard Bailey, Corporal (T.W.) (Line) Hingham, Montana
Rifle Expert & Scout Observer

Kenneth Barnes, Corporal, 1st Marine Div.
KIA at Bloody Nose Ridge 19 September 1944, age 20 years
Veteran of the Canal and the Cape before Peleliu

Raymond Wesley Bunce, PFC  Herkimer, NY
81st Wild Cat Division

James D. Burkhalter, Pltn Sgt
Fleet tank commander

Purple Heart recipient, Bronze Star recipient

Wayne A. Carmody, 1st Lt.
Co F, 2nd Bn, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division

Patrick Crisafulli, Corporal—Massachusetts
Died after action aboard USS Ormsby 09/20/1944—buried at sea.
3rd Battalion, 1st Marine division, HQ&S, 5th Reg.

Me Gene Crunkleton 
3rd Armored Amph Tank Battalion, Co. D, 1st Marine division

Warren Edwin Dalton, PFC
L Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
,[see comments below]

James Edward Ellis, Corporal

“This is an eyewitness account of the World War Two Pacific Battle of Peleliu by Corporal James Edward Ellis. My father, James Ellis, was a member of the First Marine Division. He fought in four major Pacific battles: Guadal Canal, New Britain, Peleliu, and Okinawa, where he was wounded on the third day of battle and received the Purple Heart.”

Parts II and III can be found on YouTube.  I would like to thank Mr. Seth Erazmus [Comments section below] for pointing me to YouTube videos re Peleliu.  Mr. Erazmus also has posted a Peleliu film, although it cannot be downloaded.  You can see his film here:

Patrick L. Finelli, Sgt. Co. K, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division.
Combat Veteran

Stephen J.Glaud 374th Platoon
Killed in Action[see comments below]

 John C. Gravitt, Lt , 1st Division, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines
Killed in Action
Navy Cross recipient for his actions about Sept 17.

Leo Henn, SSGT, 81st Infantry Division, 321 RCT, 1st Batallion, Co. G, 1st Platoon

Robert Herrmann, Pfc
B Company, 6th Amphibian Tractor Battalion (Provisional)

Killed in Action

Otto Hesselbarth
1st Platoon A Company 710th Tank Battalion 81st Inf Div

Killed in Action

Please see Seth Erazmus’s 04/29/10 “Comments” entry to read more detail into Mr. Hesselbarth’s death along with four others riding a tank on Peleliu.

Patrick Walls Klein, Pfc.
Fox Co. 2/5
Killed in Action

Michael A. Lazaro, Pvt.
Killed in Action 1944
1st Marine Pioneers, 1st Marine Division
Purple Heart recipient
Presidential Unit Citation

Lafayette “Lafe” J. Mattingly, Corporal
1st Marine Division
Silver Star recipient

Please see Marcia Mattingly‘s 12/05/11  entry in the Comments section below to read more detail on her father Lafayette Mattingly.

Thomas Foster McCarthy
8th 155 mm gun battalion fmf

W C “Bill” McKibben, Pltn Sgt
Purple Heart recipient

Frank T. Mezzacapa, PVT
L  Co, 3/7, 1st Marine Division
Killed in Action

From Larry Weathersby’s 3/30/11 Comment: “During the Peleliu battle Frank was in a foxhole and took a direct hit from the shelling they were getting. His death was instant.”

John Jay Paul, Sgt.
Co. B. 1st Batallion, 1st Marine Division.

Please see George H. Edwards’ 05/03/10 “Comments” entry to read more on his uncle Paul .

Alfred “Dick” Perry
B Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines Pelelieu
Killed in Action on Okinawa June 10, 1945 after  transfer to C Co, 1st Bat, 1st Marines

Burns Phillips Jr.
F-2-7, F Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment, 1st Marine Division

Marino “Marty” Pippi PFC Stockton, California (my father, 1925-1998):

Co. G, 2nd Battalion., 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Purple Heart recipient

Oscar Edwin Reece 
8th 155 mm gun battalion fmf

Carlton Robert Rouh, LT 1919-1977: Served in World War II in the United States Marine Corps Reserves a First Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division.”
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

Joseph E. Schell, Pfc. at Pelelieu
Later KIA on Okinawa

Doyle M. Smith, Cpl - Tennessee
“L” Company 3rd Bat,1st Div, 5th Marine Reinforced,
Purple Heart recipient
KIA 29 Sept 1944

Joe Lloyd South PFC
Killed in Action 1944
Co B., 1st Battalion, 7th Marines
Purple Heart recipient
Presidential Unit Citation

George Albert Stephens
Co. F,  2nd Battalion, 1st Marines

Allen W. Totherow, PFC
81st Infantry “Wildcat” Division
Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge awarded for mission at Bloody Nose Ridge

Mike Vasquez, PFC
4th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, FMF

John Otto Ward – (Philadelphia, PA)
1st Mar Div, Weapons Co., Fleet Marine Force (rifleman)

Bill Weathersby, Jr. SGT 1924-2009
1st Mar Div, 12th Defense Battalion, Battery “C”
Mr. Weathersby’s USMC scrapbook

Glenn Lewis Wood 1925-1996
1st Marines, K Company, 3rd battalion, 5th Regiment- Tacoma, WA

Julius Ray Woods, Private
1st Division Marine

Also see Comments Section below for additional info


Written by Valerie Pippi

March 19, 2008 at 3:24 am

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  1. Confucianist says : I absolutely agree with this !


    May 29, 2008 at 9:49 pm

  2. Thanks for taking the time to share this with the rest of the world.

    david lebrun

    January 2, 2009 at 11:42 am

  3. Nice site. I bless you for it and God Bless your Dad. Please post my Uncle Eddie (RIP-1987) for me.

    Rob Amaral

    May 3, 2009 at 6:15 am

    • Hi Rob,

      Thank you so much for letting me know about your uncle Edward. I have proudly posted his information on the site.

      Thank you,


      Valerie Pippi

      May 3, 2009 at 9:17 am

      • I was in the same MG platoon with Martin on Pavuvu and Peleliu and,if memory serves after all these years, the same 6-man machine gun squad.It was quite a shock to me to see the pic you have posted; the face from so long ago.I came from Vallejo; we would rag at each other about the relative merits of our cities. I also was wounded on the 19th; enough to get a PH but returned to the line. My big one came on the 27th…….Semper Fidelis, GySgt Jay Lindsey USMC (Ret) 1942-45; 1948-66

        Jay Lindsey

        October 10, 2010 at 9:05 pm

      • Hello Mr. Lindsey! You were acquainted with my father? How do you remember him? When I was born into his life several years after his WWII years, I saw him as gentle, loving, sparkling eyes. But he never talked about the war until near his death, an excerpt of which I have posted.

        Thank you so much for joining the discussion and I hope to hear more!


        Valerie Pippi

        October 12, 2010 at 8:20 pm

  4. [...]  Click here to view the album [...]

    • Valerie:I’ll get back to you; gotta look some stuff up if I can find it.”Upon further review”, as they say in the NFL, we weren’t in the same squad, just the same 42-man (?) platoon on Pavuvu and Peleliu….I was 14 months ahead of Marty, having joined the Corps in Sep 42 with a year and a half overseas already. The Marines of his group had just 2 months to get ready for Peleliu after joining G-2-5. Not easy.We would have trained together on Pavuvu; never saw him on Peleliu because of our tactical situation……Semper Fi, Gunny Jay

      Jay Lindsey

      October 20, 2010 at 10:45 pm

      • Have you read over his log of where he was at given times? “Marty’s Log”. I am so appreciative of your input!


        Valerie Pippi

        October 21, 2010 at 8:02 am

      • Valerie: In looking over Marty’s log again, I see that we were at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital at the same time for awhile early in 1945.I got back to San Francisco on 31 Dec 1944.I spent a couple of days at the Receiving Hospital in S.San Francisco before going across the Bay to Oak Knoll.Since I was from Vallejo, Mare Island was called for but was temporarily out of space.Oak Knoll was built on a group of low hills, not easy for walking or wheelchairs so until we became ambulatory, to get to the mess-hall or whatever,we didn’t get around much. Can’t recall seeing him there; he could have been in the ward next door and I wouldn’t necessarily have known it…….NS When we got in to SF, we were told “No liberty” What? 2 years overseas, back in the States, and no liberty on New Year’s Eve ? Bedcheck and lights out at 10 pm; we were out by 10:15. Our friendly Corpsman told us where the hole in the chain-link fence was.”Adapt, Improvise, Overcome”…I can’t find the stuff I was looking for; I’ll keep looking..My wife and I raised 5 boys in this house; 1 is back with a wife, 3 grand-kids 2 cars and a small dog and I can’t find anything.Semper Fi, Gunny Jay

        Jay Lindsey

        November 3, 2010 at 10:03 pm

      • Hi Jay,

        Thank you for the additional information. It is just wonderful to know of someone who seems to have followed a parallel path to my own father’s journey. I think in the section with the Bob Hope, et. al. pictures that were in the album (posted her as “Hope in the Midst of Despair”, some of those pics were taken at Oak Knoll, but I am not sure. Can you identify the celebrities with Mr. Hope? I’m too young to know the other ones.


        Valerie Pippi

        November 14, 2010 at 8:20 am

      • Valerie: After much disruption of a teen-age girl’s living arrangements, I finally found what I was looking for:a copy of 2/5’s muster roll for September 1944 and one for October 44. The first has an entry for Marty’s wounds on the 19th and further disposition; the second extends further to his transfer from 2/5. These are not narrative.A muster roll briefly lists everybody’s status in a given unit for a given time.If you think you’d like to have copies we can work something out. I’m not fond of putting my name, rank, and “hibachi number” (joke) on the internet for God and all to see but I couldn’t find a phone # or address for you in Stockton and I’m not up on scanners, so………..NS Potpurri..”Fellow Friends, Fellow Enemies” I don’t think the Marine in “Tijuana Jail” is Marty; the patch on his sleeve appears to be the patch for the 6th Marine Division, not the 1st.Under “Enemies”, the name “J.G.Dyal” would be Cpl. Joe Dyal my Section Leader. A section would be 2 squads, 3 sections to a MG platoon, each section attached to one of our rifle platoons. The other name, Wilmot Wolf was an old friend of mine in later years; I served under him 4 times in my career. He was my squad leader on Pavuvu/Peleliu so maybe Marty was in my squad after all…. I don’t know who else is in the Bob Hope pix but I don’t recall the site as being Oak Knoll; doesn’t look as I remember it but that was a long time ago………….Semper Fi, Jay

        Jay Lindsey

        November 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm

      • Hi Jay,

        You’ve cleared up alot of things for me! Thanks! My dad didn’t really share his album with me but he did with my brother (who died unexpectedly in 2003), I have been basically guessing where the pics took place. I always wondered if that guy in “jail” was dad or not. Looked like him but there were some subtle differences so wasn’t sure. I didn’t come along until much later after his war-time experiences.
        Wow! So you knew some of the guys in the pics. Somehow, all of this makes me feel a little closer to my dad–in Spirit.
        I can send a note to you offline from my email and we can work out sending a copy of that “2/5 muster” (what does the 2/5 mean?).

        Very sincerely,


        Valerie Pippi

        November 19, 2010 at 7:24 pm

      • I have, with Michael Beegle, written a book based on the letters home from Pfc. Patrick Walls Klein who was Fox Company 2/5. He was killed on Peleliu Sept 17. Do you know anything about him? Did you, by any chance know him?

        Since the book was published, we have received conflicting stories and are trying to sort information.

        Thank you

        Pat Beegle

        April 21, 2011 at 11:26 pm

      • Hello Pat,

        I currently have no information on Pfc. Patrick Walls Klein but many people have left helpful replies here to other questions. Perhaps one of my visitors will be able to help you out. I will put Patrick Klein on the “Peleliu” list.

        Thank you for contacting me,


        Valerie Pippi

        April 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      • Thank you for your service to our Country. There is a book by James Johnston entitled “The Long Road of War”. He was a machine gunner on Peleliu assigned to the 2d Bn, 5th Marines. Did you read the bood and did you know this Marine? As a Peleliu researcher, who has been to the island many times, I really enjoy these first hand accounts. Have you ever written your memoirs down?

        Respectfully, Eric Mailander PS, Valerie, what unit was your father in on Peleliu?

        Eric Mailander

        November 18, 2011 at 10:47 am

      • Hi again, Eric,

        My father was was Marino “Marty” Pippi – PFC Co. G, 2nd Battalion., 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
        Purple Heart recipient.

        Again, thanks for your input. So helpful!


        Valerie Pippi

        November 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm




    June 12, 2009 at 1:28 am

  6. Hello: I have tried every possible way to find any info on the special unite I served with during the battle of Peleliu. This unit was named Combat communication Unit 43-E which consisted of approx 90 officers and men. I assignment was to accompany the 1st marines and set up a larger type of radio communications then that usually used at this time. I went ashore on Sept 16, l944 and was relieved in April of l945. To date no record of this Unit is on record with the Navy records dept. Any possible info on this unit will be greatly appreciated by me.A big thanks to all the great Marines at this battle.
    Samuel L. Lopresto
    RM2/C retired, US Navy land force

    Samuel Louis Lopresto

    September 13, 2009 at 7:46 pm

  7. my father(ME GENE CRUNKLETON) was with the 3rd armored amphibian tank battilion company d 1st marine division at the battle of pepeliu. he was a tank driver originally in tank d-8ibelieve that was blown up he said that hejumped into d3 and became their driver. he has said that he spent a lot of time on bloody nose ridge. he has often talked about it and still has nightmares. i had the priviledge of taking himto the last reunion of the 3rd batalion held recently in memphis.

    larry crunkleton

    September 19, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    • Dear Larry,

      I am trying to locate someone who might have known my father-in-law, Joseph A. Flores, Third Armored Amphibian Battalion, First Marine Division. He received the Purple Heart. I do not know, if he was at Peleliu. I am trying to gather information for my husband and his family.
      I am greatful to your father, for his service.

      Respectfully, Rebecca Ebert-Flores

      Rebecca Ebert-Flores

      October 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm

  8. What a great site! My father also served with the 11th Marines at Peleliu. He passed away in 1987 and I sure wish I had tried to connect with some of the guys that he served with in I-3-11. I find it amazing that all of us children of these amazing men have been so impacted by the service in the Marines and especially the participation in the Battle of Peleliu of our fathers.

    Mike Baker

    October 13, 2009 at 11:51 am

    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I would be happy to post your father’s name on the site. I would just need his name, rank, division, etc. Yes, I believe We The Children (and grandchildren ) of WWII vets made a tremendous impact on us.

      Valerie Pippi

      October 13, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    • I live in Truman, MN and have been recording the stories of combat veterans in this area for the past 2 years. So far I have recorded the stories of: 1 Marine in 3/5/1; 1 Army in HQ Company 25 Inf. Div.; 1 Sea Bee in MCB-3; 1 Army in 1 Air Cav.; 1 Army in 5/60th Inf. Div.
      Locations of these Veterans: Truman, Janesville, Trimont MN. Armstrong, IA.

      If I may be able to arrange a time to meet with you, simply to have had the experience of meeting you, I will take care of all aspects with of course the exception of the time and place. If not, all I can say is; I’m glad you made it back. Honestly.

      My apologies for being so forward about a subject I’m glad to know nothing about, War, but if there’s any aspect of your story you may allow to be recorded, I trust no one else who has never experienced war to record any detail, no matter how vague, with the respect that I will.

      “After this is all over, I shall cherish and respect, more than anything else, all that which is sweet, tender, and gentle.”

      Richard Kennard
      2nd Lt./ 1st Marine Division
      Peleliu Island
      Sept. 25, 1944

      Clayton Russell

      June 7, 2010 at 11:05 pm

  9. Robert C. Baker
    Hometown: Madelia, Minnesota
    Born: 1923
    11th Marines I Co 3rd Battalion 1st Marine Div
    Served from Cape Gloucester thru Okinawa

    MIke Baker

    October 13, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    • Mike,
      I think my father may have served in the same company as your father. All I know for sure is that my father was in the 1st Marine Division and I think he was in Company I. I also think his nickname was the greek.

      Ike Cantos

      December 26, 2010 at 11:26 am

      • To everyone that would like more information on their father’s service records please contact the following office. You will get a record of which unit and what action each person saw. There are dates and names of the ships that they sailed on for each battle. There are also service reports filed by the unit officers.
        National Personnel Records
        Military Personnel Records
        9700 Page Ave
        St Louis, Mo 63132-5100

        Mike Baker

        December 27, 2010 at 9:51 am

  10. My uncle also served with the Marines in the South Pacific. Combat action included Peleliu Island, Okinawa, & in the ocupation of China. (He spoke of being one of the last ones off Bloody Nose Ridge.)

    Charles Bernard Bailey
    Hometown: Hingham, Montana
    Born: 1925
    Corporal (T.W.) (Line)
    Rifle Expert & Scout Observer

    Grace Bailey

    February 3, 2010 at 12:36 am

  11. Great site. More people should read and understand where their freedom comes from. My uncle, USMC Cpl Patrick Crisafulli, from Massachusetts, was wounded on Peleliu on Sept. 20 1944, taken on board the USS Ormsby and died that day. He was burried at sea from the USS Ormsby. I know that he was in the 1st Marine division, HQ&S, 3rd Bat. 5th Reg. I do not know what platoon he was in. I assume that he landed on either White beach #1 or #2, I do not know what day. I would appreciate in hearing from anybody that remembered him.

    Frank Crisafulli

    February 5, 2010 at 9:02 am

    • If he served in the HQ&Serv Co, 3/5 he would have landed on Orange Beach 2. A mortar barrage took out alot of those guys in that unit on the first day while they were in a Japanese tank ditch that paralleled the beach.


      Eric Mailander

      November 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      • Hi Eric,
        Do you have a roster for 11/3/I for Peleliu? My father talked two guys he served with a Booth and Green. I would be interested to see if they are listed on the roster.
        Mike Baker

        Mike Baker

        October 20, 2012 at 11:59 am

  12. My dad, P.F.C. Warren Edwin Dalton, USMC-827-857, rifle expert, L Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, sailed out of Parry Island in the Marshalls on the USS Sea Pike, dropped anchor about 5 miles off Babelthuap, Palau Islands, for a few days waiting to go into Peleliu. According to his memoirs, they waded ashore on the night of September 15, 1944. He would stated they were pinned down for almost a week near the airstrip. He said to me that after they took the airstrip a lone Jap Zero came in for a landing and the pilot got out either not knowing the Marines had taken over the airstrip or he had a death wish but when he got out of the airplane with a pistol at least several thousand Marines opened fire on that pilot. His memoirs also stated that after leaving Peleliu to go to Ulithi Atoll, they were caught in a 135 mph typhoon in which 3 destroyer escorts were sunk, resulting in the drownings of 790 sailors, the 13th larger marine disaster since 1850. My dad would later sail on USS Sam Fuller APA-7 and see engagement in Okinawa on April 1, 1945 near Naha. In 1987, he donated his service rifle and uniform to the Admiral Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Tx. He said to me that upon their return to the US they were not allowed to have their rifle but he decided to dismantle the rifle and store it in his gunny sack. It was used on several occasions as his deer rifle but it was so inaccurate because of the all of the tracer ammo being shot being used in battle. His rifle at the museum represents probably one of the more significant items being presented on display pertaining to the Peleliu battle. He would later become a member of the Devil Dogs Marine Corp League in Victoria, Texas, a member of the local Marine Corps League serving as its Commandant during 1985 through 1990 and was a member of the First Marine Division Association since 1982 through his death in 2000. If anyone served with my dad or knew my dad through these various associations, I would appreciate if you could contact me.

    Warren Dalton

    March 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    • Dear Warren,

      A neighbor was in L Co, 3rd platoon, 3/7, 1stMarDiv, Cape Gloucester, Pelleliu and Okinawa. His amtrac got stuck on reef and he went over the side, lost all gear and made it to beach with only his K-bar.

      He gave me the exact same story of how the jap pilot landed, calmly got out of his plane, fixed his brown flight uniform, threw his silk scarf over shoulder and stood there looking around.

      My friend said everyone opened up at once and sent this jap to his ancestors with thousands of rounds. He gave a good laugh telling the story. Other storys he shares are of sorrow of loss especially at Peleliu and Okinawa. He was wounded(2nd time) on May 9 during attack on japs main defense. Out of 45 men in 3rd platoon 16 were KIA, 13WIA that day.

      During attack they started getting shelled, 13 of them ran into cave that was booby trapped with hundreds of pounds of tnt. My friend was shot by sniper after his buddy got shot right in head while next to him. He made it to beach behind a passing tank and was evacuated to hospital ship.

      Since I was in Marines ’71-’75(no combat thank the stars) he is able to talk easily but it still hurts to remember friends lost. He is 84 and I pass along everything I find out about his unit.

      I’ll pass along your dad’s name. He may remember or not. Glad your dad made it.

      I posted photos on under name A Co Legal. Most of them were KIA on Okinawa. Photos were from Pavuvu prior to peleliu.

      Best wishes,


      Phil Kerrigan

      October 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm

      • Thanks so much for your contribution, Mr. Kerrigan!

        Valerie Pippi

        October 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm

      • HI Phil,

        I have a platoon roster showing the list of KIA/WIA for that incident from an L Co. vet who survived it. Also have the official L-3-7 roster for Peleliu if interested.


        Eric Mailander

        November 17, 2011 at 11:53 am

  13. Good Morning
    I am in possession of a smilar photograph, taken in San Diego in 1943, of the 374th Platoon, USMC. My late Maternal Uncle, Stephen J.Glaud, is photographed on the photo. He was also killed on Peleliu on 15 Sept. 1944. I would love to correspond.

    Yours sincerely Jim Tye

    James Tye

    April 3, 2010 at 8:32 am

  14. do any of you remember a navy corpman by the name of bob kromm

    jim harvey

    April 25, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    • I worked for Bob from 1984-1987. He retired from Boeing for a life of golfing with his wife though his one arm was useless from the wounds he received at Bloody Nose. He told me the story.

      He retired to Arizona and I believe he passed away last year. His sons still live here in the Seattle area and one still works for Boeing.

      It was my honor and pleasure to have known and worked with this man.

      I also thank all of you for your service.

      Mitchell Gill

      May 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm

  15. Searching for the father I never knew. Does anyone remember PVT Nels H. Nelson, A Company, 710th Battalion, 81st. Inv. Division? He was from Hennepin, Minn. I believe KIA 5/6/45

    Marlene Ray

    April 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    • If anybody is looking for information on relitives that served with A Company of the 710th Tank Battalion I can be a valuable resource. Action on Peleliu and Anguar. I’m the grandson of T-5 Charles Erazmus who served as the Assistant Driver of the lead tank in 1st Platoon, A Company, 710th Tank Battalion. The tank was named Flying Home. This is the same tank that Otto Hesselbarth(see above list of KIA) and others was killed in on October 18th, 1944 on Peleliu. My grandfather is still around. I have access to other family members, documents, and I have a detailed account of battle.

      Seth Erazmus

      Seth Erazmus

      April 29, 2010 at 8:52 am

      • Hi Seth, thanks so much for you information. I would be happy to post whatever you might choose to share on the site. Let me know, okay?

        Valerie Pippi

        April 29, 2010 at 9:08 am

      • Seth,

        I am looking for information about my father. I thought he was with the 110th Tank Battalion, but I can’t seem to find anything about that unit. His name is Gabriel Monzo and he passed away in 1985. I’d love to find some information to pass to his great grandchildren. Thanks so much for your offer.

        Linda Monzo

        Linda Monzo

        August 16, 2010 at 8:46 am

    • I’m looking at a list of names/addresses for all the men in A Company of the 710th Tank Battalion. This information was likely published before the summer of 1944, as many of the men who were KIA on Peleliu are on this list as well.

      Nels A. Nelson
      106 North Thomas St.
      Oakland, Nebr.

      This name does not appear on the list of thos KIA in the 710th Tank Battalion booklet that was published by the Battalion shortly after the war. As I stated before, they were not in combat on 5/6/45, but more likely on a boat somewhere between New Caledonia and Leyte. They arrived in Leyte around May 17th and stayed there until the end of the war.

      Seth Erazmus

      Seth Erazmus

      May 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm

  16. Valerie, thanks so much for your help.

    Charles Erazmus is still around and doing well. During the battle for Anguar and Peleliu he served as the assistant drive on “Flying Home” until that tank was destroyed on October 18th 1944 by a Japanese mine. The tank was dispatched to go on “milk-run” to assist Marines with a Japanese bunker that had recently been reoccupied by Japanese soldiers. Just before the lone tank was dispatched, Charles Erazmus was pulled out of his Assistant Drivers position and George Lopes (New Bedford, MA) was substitued in his place. This was because Charles was one of the only other guys in the unit that was able to drive the tanks and was not sick with dissentary. 1st Lt. Gilbert Lindloff was the commander that made this desision and he was also the tank’s commander. John Prehm of Ames Iowa took Lindloff’s position as tanks commander in the turret of the tank. Just as they left camp, and Marine officer named Henry Will Jones of GA hopped on back of the tank to act as a guide. Shortly after leaving, the tank struck a mine which ripped out the bottom of the tank, and killed 5 of the 6 men on board. John Prehm was wounded but survived. George Lopes (Assistant Driver), Otto Hesselbarth (driver), Howard Dahms (Gunner), Michael Valentino (Loader), and Henry Will Jones (Marine Guide) were all KIA.
    More info on this incident can be found here:

    A video of them can be seen of this unit in action on October 7th, 1944 can be found here:

    I have lots more books, paperwork, pictures, and access to other family members and vets. I’m always interested in other accounts, and historic materials.

    Seth Erazmus

    Seth Erazmus

    April 29, 2010 at 9:37 am

    • My brother, Lt. John C. Gravitt, 1st Division, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, was killed on Peleliu and for his actions (I believe about Sept. 17th) received the Navy Cross. After the war, my mother received letters from some of the men serving with him who said John had saved their life. I would like to hear from these men and be able to learn something more of my brother’s sacrifice that day.
      I want to honor him and his friends in some way.
      Thank you. Joanna Gravitt Yeager


      March 2, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      • Hi Joanna,

        I’ve read the name and have the official 3/7 roster and action reports for Peleliu that can give you details. Let me know if you want a copy.

        -Eric Mailander

        Eric Mailander

        November 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm


      Robert Lucas here, The above story is about my close friend’s father. Just recently at the age of 64, he is trying to find out more information about him. Do you have any stories or pictures about Michael Zombar? Sincerely, Robert Lucas 954-478-6776

      Robert Lucas

      July 2, 2014 at 11:24 am

  17. My uncle, Sgt.John Jay Paul, Co.”B”. 1st BN, 1stDiv.
    was wounded on Peleiu, by mortar fire. He never spoke of his combat experience, only some of the crazy antics that he or some of his buddies got into. Several years after the war, he was hospitalized at the VA hospital in Ct. The doctor asked my Aunt if she was familar with my uncle’s service record, she was not. The doctor then described some of the combat situations my uncle was involved in. I would very much like to hear from any survivors of my uncle’s unit.

    George H. Edwards

    May 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    • Hi Mr Edwards,
      My father was in the 3rd Battalion 11th Marines 1st Marine Div from Cape Gloucester thru China. Was your uncle in the 1st Battalion 11 Marines?

      Michael Baker

      May 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm

      • Mr. Baker:
        My uncle, pfc Joseph E. Schell, was in the battle of Peleliu, went on to Okinawa, and was KIA on 24 April 1945 at the age of 20. He was in the 3rd Batallion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He landed at Brown Beach, I believe from the USS Magoffin APA-199. I would like you to list him on your site, and would welcome any information about him and his buddies. God Bless the brave men and women who died for our freedom.

        Larry Mitchell

        May 17, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      • Thank you, Larry. I will post his name on the site.

        Valerie Pippi

        May 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      • My late father -in-law. Al Geierman served on Peleliu. He was in the 23rd wave and landed at 3;30 P.M the first day. He was in an AMTRAC for hours unable to land due to the carnage on the beach. He stated the most terrifying part of the first night was the mortar fire which was intense and accurate. He stated due to the ineffectiveness of the 75mm pack howitzers. They were taken off the island two weeks later. Al maintained to the day he died that at least 2,000 marines were killed or died of wounds. The large number of casualties led to the removal of Gen. Rupertus after the battle Al Geierman A-1-11 died on August 7, 1997. I believe the marine corps has been less than forthcoming about the true cost of the battle.

        George J. Strejcek

        August 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      • Thanks so much for the information, George. If you know his division, rank, etc., I would like to post it on the page.

        Yes, from my research, there are many unanswered questions still about what the purpose really was to send our soldiers into battle there.

        Again, thank you!


        Valerie Pippi

        August 30, 2012 at 6:58 pm

  18. It’s Memorial Day and I just found your website. My father, Robert J. Parks (Bob), served as a Marine from 12/43 to his discharge 2/46. He arrived at Guadalcanal on 6/13/44 and was assigned to the 8th Division, 155mm Gun Battalion III, Corps Artillery Phib Corp (in Nov. ’44 this designation was changed to 8th 155mm Gun Bn., FMF, Pacific). He spent 6 months on Guadalcanal. After that, he and his unit were deployed to Palau Islands/Peleliu, arriving 12/31/44. In March 1945 he deployed to Okinawa and was part of the invasion force. That deployment lasted until October 26, 1945, when he shipped back to the U.S. on the USS Adair.
    He passed away in 1997 at the age of 81, but there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about him. He was still a mighty proud man, who even in his 70’s could still do a one arm push up. One a Marine, always a Marine.
    You have my permission to post this to your website.


    May 31, 2010 at 5:35 pm

  19. This past summer I began to try to find information about my paternal uncle, Alfred “Dick” Perry. He served in Peleliu and Okinawa with the 11th Marines, 1st Battalion, B Battery, and then on Okinawa with C Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines. He was killed in action on June 10, 1945. He was 18. I have been trying to find out which platoon he was in at Peleliu. I know he was the gunner in a 60mm mortar squad, at least on Peleliu and possibly for the first few weeks he was on Okinawa. If anyone can help me find this information or tell me where to look- I would be deeply grateful.
    This website is amazing and I appreciate everything written within.


    October 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    • Thank you for your input, Angela. I hope you will find help through these pages and be sure to continue to read the Comments section occasionally because visitors leave some great info and interactive discussions. Good luck!


      Valerie Pippi

      October 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm

      • Valerie, Will you please add my uncle, Alfred “Dick” Perry to your Peleliu veterans page? He served on Peleliu and then Okinawa where he was killed in action on June 10, 1945. He was in B Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines for most of his career before being transferred to C Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines on Okinawa. Thank you and may God bless the men who gave their lives for their country. Angela


        May 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm

      • Oh my goodness! I thought i had posted it when you last wrote. Apologies. I will absolutely add him to the list right now. Thank you!


        Valerie Pippi

        May 30, 2011 at 10:03 am

      • Hi Angela,

        Just wanted to drop a line to let you know I have a new comment on the Peleliu site from someone who apparently would be a 2nd cousin of yours? His message about your uncle Perry is on the site but here it is:

        “PFC Alfred Richard Perry is a Brother of my GrandMother Ruth M. “Perry” Douglass. George Perry another Brother was also on Okinawa when Alfred “Dick”, was killed. George spent 6 hours looking for Dicks temporary grave to take pictures to send back to there Mother. I may have thoughs pictures. Dick was to be put in for The Medal of Honor,but, there was only 1 man left from his 5 man patrol that was sent out to draw enemy fire, and he only survived for 30min after returning to his lines, which left no witnesses to the actions of my Greate Uncle Dick.”

        “Charles Douglass IV August 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm ”

        Enjoy today,

        Valerie Pippi

        August 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      • PFC Alfred Richard Perry is a Brother of my GrandMother Ruth M. “Perry” Douglass. George Perry another Brother was also on Okinawa when Alfred “Dick”, was killed. George spent 6 hours looking for Dicks temporary grave to take pictures to send back to there Mother. I may have thoughs pictures. Dick was to be put in for The Medal of Honor,but, there was only 1 man left from his 5 man patrol that was sent out to draw enemy fire, and he only survived for 30min after returning to his lines, which left no witnesses to the actions of my Greate Uncle Dick.

        Charles Douglass IV

        Charles Douglass IV

        August 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      • Thank you Charles. I also have a contributor on Alfred Perry from a niece, Angela. You can see her information in the Comments section here.

        Enjoy today,


        Valerie Pippi

        August 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm

  20. Thank you for this website. I just found out today that my Grandfather was in both the Battle of Peleliu and the Battle of Okinawa, and I’ve been researching to find out more because he rarely speaks of his time there. I thought that if I knew more, it may help open up some more dialogue between us. You may add him to your list. Julius Ray Woods, 1st Division Marine, Private. He just turned 85 year in September.


    November 4, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    • Hi Michele,

      I have posted your grandfather’s name on the list. If you can tell us more about him, please feel free to leave more comments.


      Valerie Pippi

      November 14, 2010 at 8:11 am

    • GREETINGS! I am George W Perry III and would like to share some details that we have gathered regarding my Uncle “Dick” Perry. On June 10th he was killed on Hill 69 along with a forward party of what may be 5 other men. Details regarding what actually happened are unavailable, but from what we have gathered the entire group of men were killed. My father, George W Perry Jr. did place a rosary and take a photo of Uncle Dick’s temporary grave while he was on Okinawa. My Aunt Lorraine now has that rosary as she is the last sibling remaining from the Perry family. There are also a scrapbook and Uncle Dick’s medals that my brother is now in possession of. ~THANKS~ to all that gave their support and shared what they could. Mostly want to mention the incredible Frank Naider, a hero in his own right.

      George W Perry III

      June 3, 2012 at 7:25 am

      • My apologies to Mr Frank Niader for misspelling his name.

        George W Perry III

        June 3, 2012 at 7:33 am

  21. I would like information on my father, Charles E. Smith. He was in 1/7 and fought at Guadacanal, Bougainville, and Pelieu. He was in a machine gun squad. Joined the Marines a few weeks before Pearl Harbor. He had the Bronze Star and maybe the silver star. He never talked about the war until I was a Marine and served in Viet Nam.

    Jesse E. Smith

    November 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm

  22. Great way to honor your father and the Peleliu veterans. My father served in the 12th Defense Battalion, and was on Peleliu…twice. D+2 (Sep 17) through Sep 26, then returned to shore Nov 10. He did not get into details of his experience there, and we cannot figure out why he was flown from the island to Manus Island. His medical records did not reveal any kind of wound or “battle fatigue” as they called it back then. It is quite the mystery for me and my family. I included a link to the online version of my father’s scrapbook; more items and photos than text. It pretty much lays out his timeline in the war and where he was. The Peleliu scrapbook sub-album contains some of the same pictures you posted from your father’s. As you stated, they were taken by a war photographer; ours were simply contained in an envelope that says “Palau”. Great job in having your father speak of his experiences before it was too late. My father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and dementia in 2003 and was never quite the same. We attempted a “veteran’s project” interview, but he was just not able to give the answers we knew were in there…I always think if I had only tried 5 years earlier what might have become of his opening up. He passed away Jan 3, 2009 and I miss him every day. If you think it would be of interest to others, feel free to post the link to this “digitized” version of our scrapbook.

    Larry Weathersby

    December 6, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    • Larry,

      I’ve spoken with several vets of the 12th Defense Bn who had served on Peleliu. Question: do you have the entire muster roll for that outfit or only the pages that you featured on your website? Today on Peleliu is a concrete base for a 40mm gun that was set-up on the beach by members of the 12th Defense Bn. Although the gun is long gone the concrete platform is still intact with a name etched on it w/date 9/15/44. The name is “JJ San Tor…”–cannot make out the rest but the muster roll can help.

      Please let me know and I thank you! Eric Mailander

      Eric Mailander

      November 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm

      • Hi Eric,

        Sorry for my slow response here; I’ve been covering so many news stories lately.

        Everything I have to date is posted on my Peleliu website so if you have pertinent documents/photos to share with us, I would be very happy to receive and post them.

        Thank you so much for your input!


        Valerie Pippi

        November 18, 2011 at 7:39 am

      • Eric,

        Unfortunately, since the muster rolls are fairly cumbersome, I only copied the “Summary” page, the page with my father’s name, and footnotes for a couple of months around the Peleliu campaign. I did copy all of the 12thAAA unit dairies for the months that had activity. Both of what I copied from the archives can be found here, although I don’t think they will contain the name you are looking for :

        I also have a copy of the “Condition Red Marine Defense Battalions in WWII” but the 12th is not detailed very much in it. If you have any ideas as to why my father was flown off the island Sep 26 (during the heat of the battle), I would be deeply indebted to you. It strikes me as odd that nothing is noted in the muster rolls (that I can tell) and as far as I know he was not considered rear echelon, although that may well be the case. But, regardless…if he was rear echelon, I think it would have been noted in the muster roll that he went to Manus Island?

        Larry Weathersby

        November 18, 2011 at 8:35 am

  23. thank you for your website..I would like to add my brother to your list of Heros that fought in the Battle of Peleliu. His name is Raymond Wesley Bunce,Pvt.1st Class,81st Wild cat Division.
    Do you know of any books that cover the 81st Division?
    Thanks again
    Ada Sweet

    Ada Sweet

    December 9, 2010 at 11:49 am

  24. I forgot to mention that PVT Raymond Bunce Is from Herkimer New York

    Ada Sweet

    December 9, 2010 at 12:01 pm

  25. I first learned about my Great Uncle, PFC Joe Lloyd South after landing on Palau in 1998 while returning from temporary duty in Australia. I relayed this experience to my father and it was at that time I learned of my uncle and his death on Peleliu, not far from Palau. Since then both my father and I have been trying to learn as much about my Uncle Joe’s time in the Marine Corps, possible buddies and the battles in which he fought. He would have been considered “Old Breed” since he began his war in Guadalcanal. Sites like this one are a great resource in keeping this history alive. God Bless!!!!!

    William Eagar

    December 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm

  26. My father Sam Cantos, I think he was known as the “Greek” being born in Greece, he enlisted on Dec. 8 1941 with all on his friends, was in the 1st Marine Division I think “I” Company and I don’t know anything else about his unit. I do know that he was wounded in action by friendly fire when he and a buddy got between the enemy and a flame thrower.
    My father like all of the rest never spoke about his combat experences although I asked many times.
    My father grew up in the getto of the lower east side of Manhattan and he knew what hardship was. He had many life long friends and he treated my mother my sisters and I with love and kindness.
    I’m giving all of this background because I just saw the HBO Series “The Pacific” and it is very upsetting to imagine what this great guy was keeping inside. I remember as a kid he would zone out and I asked him what’s wrong and he would say I’m thinking.
    If anyone can give me more information about his unit and the action that they were in I would greatly appreciate it.

    Ike Cantos

    December 26, 2010 at 10:58 am

  27. I didn’t see this mentioned so far -if you want to read more about Peleliu (and Okinawa) you should read “With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa” by Eugene B. Sledge. It’s a phenomenal look at the two battles, and was much of the basis for the HBO special.


    January 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

  28. My father, Glenn Lewis Wood, born 24 Dec 1925 Tacoma Wa-died 9 Apr 1996, was with the 1st Marines, K-3-5, 50cal water-cooled machine gun,18 years old, and was on the 3rd day beachhead. He fought there, Okinawa beachhead Easter Sunday, then the Chinese Occupation. He also was on board the hospital ship HOPE while recovering from malaria. He never talked about the war, ever…until I happened to read With the Old Breed…I called him, this was in Feb 1992 while I was attending Air War College, and told him about the book…I only wish I would have recorded what he said. He talked for about about 90 minutes concerning Peleliu, and never talked about it again. I even called EB Sledge and told him about how my dad responded to his book…EB said it was not the first time he had heard of a testimony of this nature, and another reward to him that he undertook the painful process to tell the story of Peleliu and Okinawa. Of course you may add my dad to your list of heroes.

    Gary Wood

    January 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    • Wow! Your father and mine shared the same exact birthday: 12/24/1925. Thanks so much for posting. I will add your father to the list.

      Valerie Pippi

      January 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    • my name is charles stout my uncle was cecil c. stout from swifton arkansas,he was with ist marines k-3-5 an he was listed as k.i.a. 15 may 1945 he died in the south pacific somewhere, laid to rest in guam till october 17 1948,this was the same day my father landed in Okinawa as R.A. army,an was picked to reicon military stockade A.P.O. 331 as a M.P. during occupation Japan,doing research, i found my Uncle Cecil Stout in the book (The Battle of Okinawa)author Bill Sloan Eugen Sledge recorded Cecil K.I.A. at the battle of (Noel Stout 557th M.P.)occupation Japan guarded the japanese prisoners from WW11,dad was in Okinawa at the beginning of the Korean conflict.DAD LANDED IN OKINAWA THE SAME DAY HIS BROTHER CORPORAL CECIL C. STOUT’S 1ST. MARINE K3 5 BODY WAS SENT HOME TO BE PUT TO REST.Iam looking for any info on 1st. marines K-3-5,,Semper Fe

      charles w. stout

      April 18, 2011 at 6:01 am

  29. My grandfather Pltn Sgt W C “Bill” McKibben of Bruce, Mississippi was also in this battle on bloody nose ridge and recieved the purple heart as well. He never spoke of the war so most of my knowledge is gained from Cpl Andrew Crosley of Harisburg PA who was with him if I understood correctly they were 1/1/1 A fleet marine force. I remmebre as a child finding an old trunk filled with “v=mail” letter between my grandfather and grandmother I wish I still had those letters today.

    Christi MckIbben Holder

    January 30, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    • Thank you for sharing this, Christi. I have posted his name above. If you find out more about the fleet marine force activities, I’d love to hear from ya!

      Valerie Pippi

      January 31, 2011 at 8:11 am

    • my grandfather Pltn Sgt James D. Burkhalter of Towns,Ga. was 1/1/1 A fleet Tank commander. Inlisted ’39 was on Guadalcanal,Cape Gloucester,New Britain,an unknown mission(dispatched with an army unit somewhere ?),and Peleliu where he was wounded a second time,(first on Guadel) on 19sept44 after single handedly taking out numerous japanese tank positions,after most of his men were wiped out. He died in 1975 and i never got a chance to talk to him about the war,i never really knew he was in it.he never wore shorts because of his shrapnel scars.My dad tells me he never talked to him about the war. He was a Bronze Star Recipient,and The Purple Heart, with The Presidential “V” for Valor. I salute him everyday “Semper Fi”

      Danny Burkhalter

      August 19, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    • Hi Christi,

      Yes, your grandfather was in A Company, First Marines on Peleliu where he served as a platoon sergeant. I have an A Company muster roll that lists his name. Oddly enough, he is not listed as WIA and lasted the entire battle. Not many survived without being killed or wounded. A Company suffered 50% casualties during their 6 day ordeal and the rifle companies had a 60% casualty rate. Only 42 were listed as not killed or wounded in the company. Keep in mind those figures are probably much worse as many suffered heat exhaustion. I also have the official action report that will describe what your grandfather went through. I also have a publication about A Co. on Peleliu. Drop me a note at: if you would like copies.

      -Eric Mailander

      Eric Mailander

      January 20, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      • Hi Eric, I’m wondering if your list ( for A-1-1 ?) would include troops pulled from other companies to the front? My uncle, Pfc. Alfred Richard Perry, was in B-1-11 until May, then sent to A Company, where he was KIA on June 10. I have no idea what really happened to him- he was MIA for a week or more and then KIA after that. He was an artillery man who was sent to the front.
        Thanks so much for your dedication to this very worthy effort.
        Angela Perry Heitmann


        January 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      • Hi Angela,

        Yes, the battalion rosters often have a list of attached personnel from other outfits to beef-up the ranks. It wasn’t uncommon for some of the support units to get divided up and sent to the various front line units. It sounds like your uncle was KIA during the Okinawa campaign and I only have the rosters for Peleliu so can’t be of much help. You can write to NARA and request the muster rolls for Okinawa.

        Good luck, Eric

        Eric Mailander

        January 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    • Hi Christi,

      I visited Peleliu with a former squad leader (sergeant) who was in A-1-1 during the battle. His name is Fred Miller and he was hit on the beach during the battle. This was during the 50th anniversary reunion to the island in 1994. He wanted to go back to the beach where he almost lost his life and see the ridges where most of his company was lost. Anyway, he stirred my interest in A Co, First Marines and I have spent years piecing together what actually happened to that unit. It was the one of the hardest hit companies on Peleliu. It sounds like your grandfather was in the machine gun platoon of that outfit? Do you know if Mr Crosley is still alive? Thanks for the note and I’ll copy my archival documents and muster roll (with casualty figures) pertinent to A Co for you. I also have many pictures of Peleliu island as it appears today.


      Eric Mailander

      January 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

  30. My father Ralph F Estey was there ,Company K. I just wanted to say thank you for all the brave men who served. There is no one like all of you Marines

    David Estey

    February 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    • David, I am doing research on K Co and have interviewed many former Marines who served with your father. Many, sadly, are now deceased. I’m currently working on a story about K-3-1 on Peleliu and have the official muster roll but having a hard time placing names in specific platoons. Did your father happend to have a platoon roster?

      Thanks, Eric Mailander

      Eric Mailander

      November 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm

  31. My brother Pfc Alfred Richard Perry was on Pavuvu, Pelelui, and Okinawa. He was killed on June 10th 1945 on Hill 69 on Okinawa. I would love to hear from any one who served with him or knew of him.

    Emma Benko

    March 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm

  32. Dear Valerie,

    The neighbor I wrote about asked if you can add the name of a fellow Marine that took a direct hit from a jap mortor round at Peleliu. He was in the foxhole right next to him.

    He wanted to let the family know but lost touch after returning from the war.

    His friend’s name was Pvt. Frank Mezzacapa from New York City. My friend will be comforted knowing that his buddy will be remembered.

    Great site. You’re fantastic for doing this.



    Phil Kerrigan

    March 29, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    • Hi Phil,

      I would be happy to post the name of the friend of your neighbor. Would it be possible see if he remembers his rank and hometown? Pvt. Frank Mezzacapa was KIA, correct?
      Would your neighbor also like to be listed? I see from an earlier post that he “was in L Co, 3rd platoon, 3/7, 1stMarDiv,”.

      Much appreciation for for all your contributions!


      Valerie Pippi

      March 30, 2011 at 7:01 am

      • Valerie,

        I got the following info from :

        + MEZZACAPA, Frank T., Pvt. L Co, 3/7, 1st Marine Division. From New York City. During the Peleliu battle Frank was in a foxhole and took a direct hit from the shelling they were getting. His death was instant.

        Also, if you could add my Dad to your list of heros:

        Sgt. Bill Weathersby, Jr.
        1st MarDiv
        12th Defense Battalion
        Battery “C”

        Born Aug 1924. Died at his home in Terry, MS 1/3/09. He was a Corp. in WWII, but was promoted to Sgt. in 1951. Was on Peleliu D+2. His USMC scrapbook can be found here:

        Your page is a great tribute to these men.
        All the best,

        Larry Weathersby

        March 30, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      • Oh, thank you so much for the links and info! I will add the info on these heros as soon as I can. I’ll post your links on my sidebar as well.

        Much appreciation!


        Valerie Pippi

        March 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    • Hi Phil,

      I know a L Co, 7th Marines vet who was very good friend’s w/Frank Mezzacapa and was next to him when he was hit. I have alot of details about the action that took his life. Drop me a note and I can send you the official reports.


      Eric Mailander

      January 20, 2012 at 10:50 am

  33. Submitted on 2011/04/16 at 2:47 pm
    My dad and his best friend were on Peleliu. Dad was Oscar Edwin Reece and friend Thomas Foster McCarthy. They were with 8th 155 mm gun battalion fmf. His name on the list would be great. Thanks

    Kathi Hall

    April 17, 2011 at 10:10 am

  34. Valerie,

    Regarding your questions about Bob Hope’s performers, my mother wrote, “Patty Thomas was the dancer and looks very much like the lady in photo…And USO performance was Aug. 7, 1944.”

    Also, please note that my Dad’s scrapbook website soon will be changing…the correct is now :

    Thanks for allowing us to honor our heroes on your blog.

    Larry Weathersby

    April 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

    • Thank you, Larry. I’ll note that on the Bob Hope page. I’m looking forward to viewing your site in detail and I have updated the link to it here on my site.


      Valerie Pippi

      April 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm

  35. My dad, Glen E. Cardiff, served in the Battle of Peleliu, Marines, 1st Division. He is now 88 years old and resides in Ohio. Doesn’t talk much about the war but I wish he would. He still wears his Marine Corps cap when he goes out and during parades. About the only thing he said about Peleliu was that they didn’t have much water and everything was just white limestone. He said the locals would come and do laundry for them for just some soap bars, and that when he came home to San Diego, they had to cross the Pacific from Hawaii in an LVT with only one engine working. He wasn’t very happy with the USO either because they wanted him to pay 10 cents for a cup of coffee which he didn’t have. He was with communications on Peleliu. Anyone out there know him?

    sandra k. cardiff

    May 15, 2011 at 9:53 am

  36. Mr Mitchell,
    I have my father’s service records. The Third Battalion, 11th Marines departed Pavuvu on Feb 25th, 1945 aboard LST 564 and sailed on the 26th arriving Okinawa Shima April 1, 1945. The SS Mormackport was the transport from Peleliu back to Pavuvu on Oct 22, 1944.

    MIke Baker

    May 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    • Thank you so much Mr. Baker for your reply. I also have records for my uncle and he left Pavuvu on Feb. 27th, went to Guadalcanal, Banika, Ulithi and finally arrived Okinawa on April 1st, same time as your father. Did your father’s ship take the same route? Obviously there were lots of ships hauling lots of troops, so just curious how this was all coordinated. Thanks again for the response. Let’s hope we can all find more information on our loved ones.


      Larry Mitchell

      May 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm

  37. How do I leave information about my uncle who was KIA on Peleliu, September 26, 1944.

    Doug Stufflebam, Springfield, MO

    July 16, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    • HI Doug,

      You can just post his name, rank, and any other details you would like to add right here in the Comments section. I will then add it to the list.


      Valerie Pippi

      July 17, 2011 at 6:44 am

    • Doug,

      I can help. What unit was your uncle in? Any detail will be helpful as I have all the official Peleliu documents, action reports and casualty lists.

      Thanks, Eric

      Eric Mailander

      November 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm

  38. Private First Class Allen W. Totherow
    81st Infantry “Wildcat” Division
    Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge awarded for mission at Bloody Nose Ridge

    Sherri Kiefner

    August 6, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    • Sherri…you’ve done your homework. Grandpa was the largest guy in the platoon and was was blessed with a twin tank flame thrower straped to his back. The platoon including Marines became pinned down at the mouth of a cave on the ridge. Grandpa said screw this shit and stood up, turned on the flame thrower and walked straight into the mouth of the cave. Adam is now the keeper of the Bronze Star.

      Proud as hell: Allen W. Totherow Jr.

      Allen W. Totherow Jr

      November 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm

  39. Anyone ever know a fella named, Johnny Stilwell? 1st BN . 1st marines. Was wounded on September 19th then killed on September 23. He won a Silver Star for saving his Platoon Commander’s life. Johnny was my Grandfather’s best friend.

    michael bronco

    August 16, 2011 at 11:17 am

    • What company was Johnny Stilwell in? I have the official action reports for the 1st Bn and roster and may be able to help.


      Eric Mailander

      November 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm

  40. Hello all- My father was also involved in the battle of Peleliu along with Guadalcanal and Cape Glouster. He was assigned to the Weapons Company, First Marines, First Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force as a rifleman. He served under Captain Everett Parker Pope. If anyone has any records of the period I would be interested. It seems that detailed records were kept on all officers but not so for enlisted. Thanks much- Dave Ward

    David Ward

    September 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    • I guess it would help if i Told everyone his name- John Otto Ward from Philadelphia.


      David Ward

      September 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm

      • Hi Dave,

        Thanks for the information. I have posted his name on my list. Let me know if you have more to add.

        Enjoy today,


        Valerie Pippi

        September 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    • Dave,

      I have a long-lost diary of C Co’s first sgt for Peleliu. Written during the battle and Pope’s son just had it published. Also have the official 1/1 Unit roster and action report. Did your father survive the battle without getting hit?


      Eric Mailander

      November 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      • Eric, How could I get a copy of the 1/1 roster/action report as well as the diary?

        David Breslin

        June 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      • Here’s my email: Need contact info and can get you the war diary.


        Eric Mailander

        June 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

  41. For my now deceased dad, Glenn L. Wood, K35, I find it so sad that so many of us, children and relatives, now strive to find out information about the warriors of a bygone era, that so few remain to fill in the missing parts. Yet, my father like so many of his fellow Marines would NEVER talk about his WWII combat experiences in the South Pacific at Peleliu and Okinowa. The now so apparent void is cleary revealing itself. Except for what EB Sledge courageously wrote in his book, With the Old Breed, we would have lost any interest or knowledge of this heroic segment of WWII. Thank you EB Sledge…thank you. I do remember one of the things my father said to me when I was quite young…”after Peleliu you could always recognize a seasoned Marine…he made no friends. It was too painful to do so”.

    Gary B Wood

    September 12, 2011 at 8:24 pm

  42. Well said, Gary. Like so many children of WWII Marines that served in the Pacific theater, my father, Robert J. Parks, NEVER spoke of his experience. I once asked him what the scars on the back of his neck were and he replied “shrapnel” and that was the end of that discussion. He passed in 1997, but I have his K-Bar knife and his dress Marine uniform, belt, hat and ribbons and expert rifleman pin. I also have his Platoon group picture from boot camp in San Diego from 1944 (he was 27 when he enlisted). I wish I knew all the names of the men in the picture. The names of the platoon leaders was PFC. J.J. Coopep, Corp. R.P. Trook and PFC. R.S. Stickle. My Dad served as part of the 155mm gun artillery Batallion III, Corps Arty. III Phib Cor (later changed to 8th 155mm Gun Bn, FMF, Pacific. He arrived on Guadalcanal 6/13/44 and was there until 3/5/45 when he was shipped to Okinawa and was part of the invasion and occupation of Iwo Jima as well as Peleliu. A moment I will always remember is when at the age of 55 he could still get on the ground and do 15 one arm pushups! Once a Marine, always a Marine!–Jan

    Jan King

    September 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm

  43. my dad who passed in 2006 (13 days short of 80) was 18 years and 3 months when he was wounded at Peleliu and 19 and several months when he was wounded at Okinawa..He was too young for Guadalcanal and New Britian, however was in the 1st Marine Division afetr rehabbing and was sent to Tientsin China as occupational troops to repatraite Japanese troops. He was discharged from the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1946..He spoke of Okinawa and we attended all the survivor reunions on Long Island right up until the 60th (2005)..He never hardly spoke of Peleliu until his death bed and now after reading much about it i understand why..At the 60th reunion i asked one of his fellow Marines what Peleliu was like and he looked at my dad and said “Bart that place was hell”. The entire table fell silent and the subject was dropped. I’m 62 now and have come to understand what The Great Generation means now..I told my dad–heh you were a hero and he said rather firmly. “i was just another Gyrene doing my duty” that sort of says it all…God bless all you gentlemen who scarificed so much at all these battles as some of us are eternally grateful..

    Donald Douglas

    September 14, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    • Hi Donald,

      I would like to post your father’s name and info on my list. Do you know what his rank was on Peleliu? Was he in the 1st Marine Div on Peleliu?

      Thanks for sharing your story with us.!


      Valerie Pippi

      September 15, 2011 at 9:22 am

  44. Am looking to find anyone who has any information on my great uncle, Cpl Doyle M. Smith who was in “L” Company 3rd Bat,1st Div, 5th Marine Reinforced, who was killed in action on 29 Sept 1944. He was from Tennessee and received a Purple Heart. Please email me at or call my business toll free 1-877-542-6252. Thanks Paul


    September 18, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    • Hi Paul,

      Can you let me know if he was on Peleliu? I’d like to add him if so.

      Thank you!

      Valerie Pippi

      September 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      • Valerie,

        The date of death would indicate that he was on Peleliu.

        Best, Eric

        Eric Mailander

        November 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    • Thanks Eric. I should have seen that – appreciated.

      Valerie Pippi

      November 18, 2011 at 7:44 am

  45. Dear Valerie,

    This site is so lovely, Honoring our Servicemen and Ancestors, who have given so much to ensure our freedom.

    Peleliu was a living nightmare. Those who were there, are beyond Heroes, they are Angels.
    Thank you, Rebecca

    Rebecca Ebert-Flores

    October 8, 2011 at 6:47 pm

  46. Live with a lonely heart for my brother ( Corporal Kenneth Barnes ) KIA at Bloody Nose Ridge 19 September 1944. Veteran of the Canal and the Cape before Peleliu. Age 20 when KIA 1st Marine
    Div. Still miss you big brother. Your baby brother born September 6, 1943.

    Chuck Barnes

    October 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    • Thank you for posting here. My father was severely wounded that same day. I will place your brother on the “honored” list on the site.

      Valerie Pippi

      October 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      • Whoever you are Valerie Pippi, The Lord Jesus Bless you for helping to comfort all
        the broken hearts who try to find comfort here. Time never has healed this baby
        brothers loss of a big brother. Cpl. Kenneth Barnes born 1924, KIA 09/19/1944, youngest baby of 13 born 09/06/1943 will never stop thinking of all The Old Breed
        suffered for America.

        Chuck Barnes

        February 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      • Thank you for your kind words. It is my pleasure to have provided a space for all of us to share information and memories…and hopefully, healing.

        BTW, I’m curious to know if you are descended from the Barnes of North Carolina? My ancestor, Brinsley Barnes (married Sarah Lindley) is listed with the Daughters of the American Revolution. Might we be “cousins”? :-)



        Valerie Pippi

        February 26, 2013 at 6:22 am

    • Was Kenny in B Co, 1st Marines? If so, I have a veteran contact who was with him when he died.

      -Eric Mailander

      Eric Mailander

      January 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      • Do you have a contact for Fox Company 2/5?
        I have done a book on a Marine killed on Peleliu – but am still eager to talk to anyone who may have known him on Pavuvu or at Peleliu.

        I’m glad I finally found a way to contact you.


        Pat Beegle

        January 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      • Pat, I visited Peleliu in 1994, during the 50th anniversary reunion, with a former Marine in F-2-5 but need to dig-out his name. That was many years ago. I do have the official 2/5 action report for Peleliu but I’m sure you already researched that document for your book. Sounds interesting, when will it be out?


        Eric Mailander

        January 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      • I did not find the action report for F/2/5. Where can I find it? I found action reports for First Marines that refernced the action of Fox Company on the air strip but I wasn’t sure if that Fox Company was 2/5.
        The book, Your Son & Brother, was self published November 10, 2010. It is available on Amazon.
        It is the the complete archive of the letters home from PFC Patrick Walls Klein to his sister and parents including scans of all his Marine Corps documents. It is not a book on Peleliu, it is the story of an ordinary kid who died shortly after his 19th birthday on an island half way around the world from the Pennsylvania small town in which he grew up. His story closely paralleled Sledge but they were in different companies. He entered the Navy V-12 program at Penn State right after high school graduation (July ’43.) Then went to San Diego for boot camp October ’43 and stayed for Japanese Language School until he shipped out for the South Pacific May ’44 (New Caldonia to Pavuvu then Peleliu.) According to the Marine Corps death certificate, he was killed by a sniper D+2, Sept 17. The body was not recovered so he is listed as missing or buried at sea on the Manilla monument.

        All the original documents used in the book are now in the Marine Museum in Quantico.

        Thank you for your response and for any information you may have.

        Pat Beegle

        January 3, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      • I have the official 2/5 Unit Journal that references F Co. Company journals were documented by the 1st Sgt and turned in to battalion after the battle. F Company referred to in the 1st Marine action report is not 2/5’s F Co.

        Keep in mind that the date of death is often misleading and is sometimes listed when a body was found and/or buried. On 17 September, F Co was not involved in heavy combat and deployed on the eastern side of the island (the Japanese had abandoned that area).

        NARA in College Park, MD houses all the Navy and Marine Corpse action reports. I will be going soon and will look for any material pertaining to F/2/5 on Peleliu. They also have the unit rosters.



        January 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      • Hi Eric,
        Do you also have the action reports for the 11th Marines 3rd Battalion I Co. My father told me that they were used as infantry during the later stages of the battle. He said they were sent up the west side of the island to prevent infiltration by the Japanese.
        Mike Baker

        MIke Baker

        January 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

      • Thank you. Anything you can find on F/2/5 would be great. The date and manner of death for PFC Klein does track with various published accounts. On Sept 17, 2/5 was in the Mangrove swamp and took “sporadic” sniper fire. However, in the chaos and heavy casualties, an error would not be surprising. The death report attributes the report of a sniper wound to eye witnesses. If you find the roster, please let me know and I can follow up.

        Pat Beegle

        January 11, 2012 at 11:46 am

      • Hi Eric. Kenny’s letters have his return address as ( Cpl. Kenneth J. Barnes,1st
        Marines, 1st Division, FMF. Having trouble getting this reply to work?

        Chuck Barnes

        February 24, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      • Hi Eric. Been thinking and would be thankful for any info. Can be reached at or 585-413-0238. Thanks for giving me hope and peace
        of mind. Your a good person

        Chuck Barnes

        February 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      • Cpl. Kenneth ( aka Kenny ) Barnes was in the 1st Marines, 1st Division, FMF
        when KIA 09/19/1944. Please help me learn anything about his last day: KIA.
        Baby brother was born 09/06/1943. Kenny was born in 1924 and joined the Marines
        on 12/05/1941. Can be reached at e-mail ( ) Cpl. Kenny
        Barnes was from Buffalo, New York

        Chuck Barnes

        March 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm

  47. I have already posted before about my father, Glenn Lewis Wood, 1st Marines K35…50 cal water-cooled machine gun…does anyone have any information/memory about him concerning Peleliu, Hospital Ship HOPE, Okinowa, or the Chinese Occupation? Just curious to pose the question again. He died resulting from issues of an occupational accident in 1996, he fell off a roof pressure washing it, age 70, and every inch and fiber a Marine.

    I assume most of his buddies have like him passed away (although after his experience at Peleliu I remember him relating…”you could tell the new guys, they would try to make friends…the experienced guys didn’t make friends, didn’t want the heartache of losing another buddy….”.) I’ll never forget those words…tells alot of the horrors of those battles.

    Anyway…1st Marines, K Company, 3 Regiment, 5th Regiment (I believe that’s the correct nomenclature, I’m Air Force)…anybody remember my dad?

    Gary Wood Col (ret) USAF

    Gary Wood

    November 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    • oops, meant K Company, 3rd battalion, 5th Regiment…my bad…

      Gary Wood

      November 15, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      • Gary,

        I have the official 3/5 Unit Journal for Peleliu that describes the events on Peleliu. Although it mentions K Co quite a bit, it also mentions the other two companies as well. Let me know if I can assist with any Peleliu questions.


        Eric Mailander

        January 20, 2012 at 10:58 am

      • Eric, Do you by chance have info on 1/1 A? My grandfather was WC McKibben in this company Im told it was A co but im not sure that is correct

        Christi Holder

        January 20, 2012 at 11:17 am

      • Eric, thank you so much…I will be in touch. Besides what I read in Sledge’s book, talking with him and my father briefly, I don’t know much as my father did not care to discuss it. I believe my father told me he went on beach the 3rd day at Pelileu…his machine gun mate was shot in the face and died right next to him in a fox hole, but he never told me his name. I will chat with you later as to other questions that I have…thank you.

        Gary Wood

        January 21, 2012 at 7:51 am

    • I was making dinner the other night that included some baby lima beans (Navy Beans). It brought a smile to my face as I remembered my dad absolutely refusing to even smell “Navy Beans”. My father would eat anything, and would not allow my brothers, sister, or myself to get up from the dinner table unless we cleaned our plates, and here was my father that wouldn’t allow “Navy Beans” in the house. He told me the story that aboard the transport ships they had “navy beans” nearly every day (Maybe even on the islands, I don’t know as we never discussed the rations). He said he ate so many “Navy Beans” it made him sick to even smell them after the war. I also remember him telling me the bunks were stacked 6 high, and it was always the guy on top that got sick during rough seas–not sure if there was a cause and affect with the “navy beans”…

      Just thought this was a little humorous tid bit of forgotten lore of those days with K35…

      Gary Wood Col (ret) USAF

      Gary Wood

      May 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

  48. Phil,

    I have been researching this incident with Frank Mezzacapa and think that we know the same vet who was in a foxhole next to him when he was hit. L Co was involved in a hot firefight with several Japanese renegades in the ridges when he was shot by a sniper. I confirmed this with the official 3/7 muster roll that lists his death from a bullet to the head. L Co was suppose to have been relieved at that time and would go down in history as the last Marine unit to see action on Peleliu. The date was Oct 18, 1944.


    Eric Mailander

    November 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm

  49. I know a veteran who served in B Co, First Marines who was with Kenny when he was hit. I’m assuming that he was in B Co?


    Eric Mailander

    November 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm

  50. Thank you for this informative site, and the chance to share comments about my father, Corp. Lafayette “Lafe” J. Mattingly (1917-1990) who was awarded the Silver Star for his “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” in action on Peleliu, Sept. 27, 1944. He rescued a fellow Marine “who was pinned down by heavy mortar fire from the caves near the road along which they were laying wire.” Corp. Mattingly was a wire chief of “a artillery battery attached to to an infantry battalion”, USMC First Division.

    This fellow Marine and my father will always be united in my memory.

    He received an Honorable Discharge on Sept.15, 1945, after participation in the capture and defense of Guadalcanal (Aug 7, 1942-Dec. 9, 1942); under aerial bombardment at New Guinea (Oct. 9, 1943-Dec. 25, 1943); participated in the capture of Cape Gloucester, New Britain (Dec. 26, 1943-Feb. 10, 1944); and participated in the capture of Peleliu Island (Sep. 16, 1944-Oct. 30, 1944).

    My father was born in Breckinridge County, KY, and died in New Orleans, La. Please add his name to your list of heroes, thank you.

    Marcia Mattingly

    December 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm

  51. Hello, I am trying to find out if my father, John Wyszynski, known as “Ski” of course, was at Peleliu. He was in the 1st Marines and was definitely at Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester. My mother thinks he was also at Peleliu but she is not positive. He was a First Sergeant when he left the Marines in 1947. He passed away in 2000 having rarely talked about the war and I am so sorry that I am only now beginning to learn about what he experienced. If anyone has any information to share about John ‘Ski’ Wyszynski, and especially if you know if he was at Peleliu, I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thank you, Terry

    Terry Wyszynski

    January 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    • Hi Terry,

      I have the entire 1st Marine roster for Peleliu and didn’t locate John Wysznski yet. Can you tell me what company he served in so I can narrow my search. Thus far, he was not in A, B, C, E, F, G or K Co’s but still need to check on I, L and HQ Co’s. You can obtain his complete military records from the National Personnel Records Center at:

      National Personnel Records
      9700 Page Avenue
      St Louis, Missouri 63132-5100.

      When you write and request his info, include John’s military ID numer, SS number, date of service, unit, etc. to help expidite.

      Good luck, Eric Mailander, Peleliu researcher

      Eric Mailander

      January 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      • Thanks so much for your quick response and your effort to find a record of my father. I don’t know what company he served in. I will try contacting the Records Center.

        Terry Wyszynski

        January 4, 2012 at 6:30 am

    • Hi Terry,

      Have you tried to obtain a copy of your father’s military records? There is a nominal fee (around $45) to cover the cost of photo copying and shipping. If you are next of kin, you should have no trouble obtaining them… In the official record, there should be a journal entry for each unit transfer and review period. By this, you should be able to track your father’s general location while he was in the service. There also may be copies of orders showing movement from one location to another via ship or other transport, copies of an classes that were taken, pay records, etc. I did this for my dad and was able to put a lot of the missing pieces in place.

      My father (Joseph Morano, Jr.) joined the Marines right out of high school (February 1943) and ended up as a tail gunner/radio operator on a TBM Avenger. He was with VMTB-131 (torpedo bomber squadron) until June of ’44. My dad received a serious injury while training with his unit in Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. The details of the injury were somewhat vague (from my father and in the official record), but it was serious enough that my dad was not able to move on with his unit when they were relocated into an active combat zone. Somehow, my dad was able to get himself transferred into the intelligence group for Marine Aircraft Group 11 (MAG-11, Headquarters Squadron). He, along with the rest of his group, boarded the S.S. MORMACPORT on 8/30/44 and headed towards the Palau Group and ultimately Peleliu. They arrived at Peleliu on the 24th of September and disembarked on the 30th. There was still a lot of heavy action at this time, but the airfield, where my father would be located, was fairly secure. My dad’s job, while stationed on Peleliu, was to brief pilots before they took off on combat missions. Some of these missions were some of the shortest ever flown in the history of air combat. Planes would take off and, in many cases, didn’t even need to raise their landing gear before it was time to drop their bombs. Their primary target, The Umurbrogol (Bloody Nose Ridge), was a scant 300 yards from the end of the runway. My father was stationed on Peleliu until the middle of May, 1945. Much of the above, I learned from my father’s service records and from various “War Journals” kept by the various Naval/Marine units during the war in the Pacific.

      While my father was alive (he died in 2008), he spoke very little about his experiences in the war. In fact, I didn’t even know he’d been on Peleliu until a few years before his death (I always knew he’d been a Marine and flown on a torpedo bomber). I did get talk a little bit about his experiences there, but didn’t ask many of the questions I should have asked. I remember him saying that all of his personal gear was lost on a barge that was sunk during the landing. He also said that there wasn’t a lot of food or drinkable water and that they had to do a lot of “scavenging”. He related that one time, when he as taking a dispatch to the field commander, he was able to look through some really long binoculars that were on a tripod on top of blockhouse used as headquarters. He said he could see people (US Solders) climbing around on the face of a cliff (Bloody Nose Ridge) and shooting rifles into the mouth of a cave. Scary stuff…

      After my father passed, I inherited a bunch of photos from his time on the Peleliu. Some are snapshots of my dad and some of his mates hamming it up with various “souvenirs” they’d “found”. There are also a number of photos of the intelligence group and the hut where the pilot briefings took place. In addition, there were some aerial photos of Peleliu and some of the other islands in the Palau Group and there was a set of photos taken by staff photographers (many of which are included in the above photo album).

      The information provided on the Internet has really helped me as I try to reconstruct what my dad did during the war. It is fascinating to read the first hand accounts of actions taken by various military groups during a major engagement like the invasion of Peleliu. Many of the previously Top Secret documents are available (from the National Archives or from various pay-to-look online services). The battle for Peleliu, in particular, is of tremendous interest to many… and there are quite a few websites dedicated the memory of the brave men who fought and lost their lives there. I have enjoyed reading the posts on this and other blogs… especially the ones from those who were actually there. It gives me a better sense of who my dad and others of his generation were… and lets me look at a side of their live experience that they were reluctant to share. Thanks!

      Tom Morano

      April 19, 2012 at 1:42 pm

  52. Valerie, if it is not too much trouble, can you change the link on your Honor List to my father’s scrapbook to just :

    Thanks…the links underneath the main site may change over the years (as has happened already). Once on the main page, it is fairly obvious where to go to get to my Dad’s scrapbook.

    Larry Weathersby

    January 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    • Thanks much for informing me. I have just updated that link to your father’s scrapbook for you.

      Enjoy today,



      Valerie Pippi

      January 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm

  53. Eric Mailander,
    I am looking for any information you might have on my dad’s cousin, PFC Robert Herrmann, USMCR, who died on Peleliu on 9/15/44. I recently finished reviewing Robert’s military records, so perhaps I have some information to share with you as well.

    Ever since I discovered when and where Robert died, I have been sucked ever-deeper into Peleliu history, as well as the larger picture of island hopping in the Pacific Theatre. I have been researching every Peleliu website I can find, plus I have watched hours of videos based on actual battle footage from WWII in the Pacific. Consequently, I have amassed a lot of data, and many of my questions have been answered. However, I am hoping that your knowledge and extensive database can paint an even clearer, more detailed picture of Robert Herrmann’s last hours as a Marine landing on Peleliu with B Company, 6th Amphibian Tractor Battalion (Provisional). Here is some background on him:

    PFC Robert Herrmann, USMCR 930655;
    Enlisted in December 1943
    5/5/44—Sailed from San Francisco with 54th Replacement Bn
    5/29/44 – 7/16/44 at Guadalcanal
    7/18/44-8/25/44 at Pavuvu where he joined the newly formed 6th Amphibian Tractor Battalion (Provisional) on 7/18/44. Attached to III Amphibious Corps. Commanding Officer of the 6th Amphi TrBn was Capt. John I. Fitzgerald, Jr.; Executive Officer was 1st Lt. Whitley A. Cummings, Jr.
    8/25/44—Sailed from Pavuvu, B.S.I.P. aboard LST 121 [possibly LST 151]; Order signed by 2nLt Frank Werling, Adjutant, USMCR

    Details of Death [At Peleliu Robert was a crew member of an LVT (2).]
    Statement of Colonel W.W. Davidson 11/23/44 on Detailed Statement of Account: “ . . . Missing in action since 15Sep44. This man was a crew member of an LVT which struck a landmine on the reef while making a landing. The LVT was turned upside down and burned in very shallow water, one man escaped from this LVT and made his way to safety but does not know what happened to the remainder of the crew. There were no other witnesses. No bodies were recovered and identified and this man had not appeared on any reports of having been admitted to any hospital. . . .”

    1) Is there any more documentation of Robert’s surviving crewmate’s statement referred to by Col. Davidson? Do you have the names of the surviving crew member who made the statement or the name(s) of the other MIA/KIA crew members? What time in the day did he hit the mine? Was he killed on his first trip or on a subsequent trip?
    2) Do you have enough detail on the battle to know which wave did Robert first come in on? Which beach/regiment was he supporting? One source on WWII vehicles says the LVT (2) was mostly used as a cargo carrier since it did not have armor to protect passengers. At Peleliu did they have the luxury of using the LVT (2) only for cargo? If Robert did transport troops, which regiment was he transporting—1st, 5th , or 7th Marines?
    3) The LVT flipped and burned in shallow water after hitting a land mine on the reef. The reef is 600-800 yards wide; am I right in assuming that a “fringing reef” mean the reef extends all the way to the shore with no deeper water between the reef and the beach? Bruce Watkins mentions visiting LVT wrecks (your 1999 visit); are these on the beach or are there still LVTs in the water—visible or submerged?
    4) Items I have that may or may not interest you:
    • List of 33 Peleliu MIA Marines declared KIA on 1/22/46 by Secretary of Navy.
    • List of 104 Marines from 6th Amph TrBn Marines promoted to PFC 8/8/44 after completing training.

    I do have other questions, but this is more than enough to establish contact with you!
    Jean Linder

    Jean Linder

    February 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    • Hi Jean,

      Thanks for your note. Yes, I can probably help you with most of your questions and I do have the official Peleliu Landing Order in my files. You are right, Peleliu has a fringing reef that varies from 500 to 700 yards from the invasion beach. LVT(2)’s and LVT(4)’s were the two types of amphib tractors, the later with a rear ramp. Both were used as troop carriers and, later, cargo. DUWKS carried cargo too. There are several LVT wrecks on Peleliu, some sunk in deep water. I would be very interested in learning more about Pfc Rober Herrmann. You can email me at for more information and I look forward hearing from you.

      Best, Eric

      Eric Mailander

      February 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm

  54. Eric,
    My father Robert N. Marsden was attached to K-3-5 from late 42 to late 44. He was at guadacanal for the last month. He was at gloucester for about two weeks before being shot in the wrist and evacuated. He caught back up with the company in time for Peleliu. He is in the upper left corner of K companys picture at the end of the battle of Peleliu in white t-shirt. I found that picture earlier this year and was able to indentify him.Sadly my Dad passed away in 1991. He rarely spoke of the war. I have recieved his military records and have been working on learning as much as possible the last few months.It sounds like you have lots of info. I am mostly trying to find anyone alive that was in his company.
    Thank you,
    John Marsden

    John Marsden

    March 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    • Thanks, John. I have contacted about a dozen K-3-5 survivors and visited Peleliu with Gene Sledge’s son, Henry. Sadly, many of those vets have since passed. I do have the official 3/5 action report for Peleliu and a huge, poster-like-enlargement of the K-3-5 group photo that one vet sent to me.

      Thanks again, Eric

      Eric Mailander

      March 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

      • Can I possibly get a copy of the action report?
        Thanks again,

        John Marsden

        March 15, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    • John,
      Just read your comment of the picture at the end of Pelilieu of K35…my dad was in that outfit, where is that picture? Have you posted it? I’m fascinated as to whether my dad, Glenn L. Wood, is in that picture. All of our stories of the experiences of K35 dads during Pelilieu & Okinawa are all the same…none of them talked about it- until I told my dad about EB Sledge mustering the strength to write about it in his book, With The Old Breed….my dad talked to me about it over the phone for about 90 minutes in 1992, he never talked about it again with me until his accidental death in Apr 1996…but our conversation did inspire him to join the “Old Breed Organization” and he did attempt to connect with his former buddies that survived the battles…have no clue as to whether he was successful or not…

      Gary Wood

      Gary Wood

      February 6, 2013 at 3:37 pm

  55. Looking for information on a corporal Christ V. Pesavento. All I know is he was in the 1 Marines. He fought on Peleliu, Okinawa and Occupation of China. He was my father’s first cousin, He passed away in 1988. My father was in Peleliu well after the Marines. He was part of the 819th Tank Destroyer Battalion, US Army.
    He has many pictures of the monument on Bloodly Nose Ridge.

    Tony Pesavento

    Tony Pesavento

    March 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    • Hi Tony,

      When you get info on his rank and position on Peleliu, let me know so I can add him to my list, okay? Thank you! Good luck with your search. Valerie

      Valerie Pippi

      March 16, 2012 at 11:25 am

    • I have all the Peleliu rosters for the First Marines but need to know what battalion or company to help you. Do you at least have his MOS (military occupational specialty)?



      March 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      • Hello Eric, my grandfather, Richard “Dick” Dozier from Kalamazoo, MI, served in the 710th tank battalion, Company C. From what I understand, he was wounded in Anguar but fought in Leyte. Our family is hoping to get more information about his war story. If you can help it would be much appreciated! Best, Jennifer


        December 26, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      • HI Jennifer,
        My father fought with the 1st Marine Div on Peleliu but I found this link with a photo of a the 710th Tank Battalion that you might like –
        Good Luck
        Mike B

        Mike Baker

        December 27, 2012 at 8:59 am

      • Hi Jennifer,
        Sorry about that bad link. This site doesn’t allow a cut and paste of a link into this text box. Please try this link of the photo –
        PS If you can’t get to the URL just right it down and manually enter the address.
        Mike B

        Mike Baker

        December 27, 2012 at 9:08 am

      • Jennifer,
        Sorry for the confusion I think the N needed to be all caps.

        Mike Baker

        December 27, 2012 at 9:19 am

      • Hi Jennifer, yes I can help. I have the official action report for the 710th Tank Bn and the recent story of Co C by a former tank driver published into a small book. I also have archival film footage of some of C Co tanks on Angaur. A copy of that photo of the tank crew posing on Peleliu was given to me by the former tank commander who’s tank was destroyed on the island. I’ve done alot of research on the 710th. PM me:

        December 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      • Yes, I can help.  PM me please.

        Best regards, Eric


        Eric Mailander

        December 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      • Jennifer,
        Eric sent me an email saying that you were looking for information on the 710th Tank Battalion. While I am no Eric Mailander, I do have a pretty good background in researching the 710th Tank Battalion. My grandfather served with the First Platoon, of A Company of the 710th. You may have seen pictures of his destroyed tank that remains on the island to this day. I’ve met many vets, and know of a lot of other family members who had somebody that served with the 710th. Many times they can share materials, stories, etc. Contact me at and I can get you started on your research.

        Seth Erazmus

        Seth Erazmus

        December 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    • Tony, do you have any information on the 819th Tank Destroyer Battalion while they were stationed on Peleliu? I’m trying to piece together a mystery involving my grandfather’s tank that was part of the 710th and destroyed on Peleliu during the battle.

      Seth Erazmus

      December 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm

  56. I am a grandson of a WWII veteran. I went to a boarding school in Stockton, Mo. While singing songs at a nursing home, I met a gentleman that served as a part of an amphibious tank that landed on Peleliu. I wish I could say a few words to that gentleman as I was not allowed to at that particular time. It was at a nursing home right outside of Stockton, Mo. Just want to say God bless you, Sir. If you have passed, may God bless your path and those that were blessed to know you.


    May 9, 2012 at 3:03 am

  57. My name is Angela, & my friend “Leslie”‘s father was a 3rd Battalion/1st Marine vet. He passed away about 10 yrs ago; his name: “LESTER BAMFORD”. My friend got rid of lots of her fathers things, when she was forced to move from the home she inherited from him. Shortly after she moved, I lost all contact with her. In a “battery charger” box she gave me(thinking it WAS a battery charger), her father secured a sealed “Jack Daniels” bottle of whiskey, accompanied by a 3RD BATTALION 1ST MARINES TONTINE. On a “Guadacanal Campaign Veterans” letterhead, it was to be held by the treasurer(dated Aug 23, 1991), and passed to those succeeding him in office. The FINAL survivor was responsible for making a final solute to those who “went” before him, by raising a glass to their memory. I WONT just give this to an alcoholic- I dont drink>but.. IF I cant find ANYONE who will honor this letter with connection to 3rd/1st Marines, I will eventually crack it open with respectable, patriotic, spiritual people… & we WILL toast ALL of USAs appreciated veterans! If you can tell me what to do with this, PLEASE contact me.

    Angela Clabough

    June 2, 2012 at 7:26 am

  58. I’m looking for ANY info on my dad, Sgt John W Brennan? I have to say, I should have paid MUCH more attn to his stories, but, am lucky enough to have something he had written out, so maybe that will help. He was w/ 592d Joint Assault Signal Co., w/ 1st Marine Division. He said after they left Hawaii, they were at sea for approx a month; then landed on Guadalcanal, where they spent time doing more amphibious training… next step was Pelilau w/ 1st Marine Dive and 81st Inf Div “Wildcats”; then on to Leyte…. Can anyone give me ANY info on where I can go to find more info??? THANK U!!!!

    Heather M. Brennan

    June 6, 2012 at 2:07 am

  59. Thanks Valerie for posting info on Mayne Carmody. I have copies of condolence letters from LT’s from F/2/5. Names mentioned are Fry, Goode, Baker, and Taylor. I would be happy to share if anyone is interested. Thanks again!


    June 27, 2012 at 8:41 am

  60. My uncle just recently passed away. His name is George Albert Stephens (Uncle Steve). He served with F company 2nd battalion 1st Marine. Participated in action against the enemy on Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa. He was wounded on 4May45. looking for any info on F-2-1 in these battles.

    toby hoy

    September 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    • Hello,

      I am a Peleliu battle researcher with a special interest in F-2-1. My friend’s father served as a platoon leader in that company during Cape Gloucester and Peleliu. I have the official war diary for 2/1 during Peleliu and an F Company roster. What did your uncle do in F Company and did he last the entire battle without getting wounded? Not many did!

      -Eric Mailander

      Eric Mailander

      September 9, 2012 at 10:46 am

  61. I am hoping to find any info I can about my uncle, his name is Harry Snider, he was at Peleliu during WW11, he is now 88, and not expected to live much longer, he has never said much about that period, the memories he has seam to be locked away. If anyone might have anything I would appreciate it. I know just a name is`nt much to go on

    david snider

    October 7, 2012 at 6:40 am

    • I forgot to mention Harry is from Hartford City, Indiana and may have been a L/CPL

      david snider

      October 7, 2012 at 7:14 am

    • In order to help you I need to know what unit your uncle served in. Need, at the very least, a battalion and regiment. Thanks, Eric

      October 8, 2012 at 11:44 pm

  62. I’ve just been given what appears to be the photograph collection of Col John Meier, 321st Infantry. Includes some pictures of Bloody Nose (including Murphy the Mascot), possibly a dinner hosted by the Japanese after Guadacanal. Much of the set appears to be of the occupation. Also includes some references to the 81st Infantry Division. Is there anyone or a group that would have particular interest in this?

    ken schaudt

    October 18, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    • ME!!! That is who my dad was with, PLEASE!!! My email is…. My dad was Sgt. John W Brennan…. Many thanks….

      Heather M. Brennan

      October 20, 2012 at 11:24 am

      • Heather, the path your father took across the Pacific sounds more like that of the Army’s 81st. Infantry Division. If anybody is looking for information on the 81st. Infantry Division, I can help get you started. My grandfathers tank company was attached to the 321RCT for much of the battle.

        Ken, I would be very interested in taking a look at that collection.

        Seth Erazmus

        December 28, 2012 at 5:58 am

  63. Did anyone know Elden Leroy Sheppa, who served in the Navy aboard the USS Wake Island during the Peleliu attack? My name is Caroline Thompson, email is

    Caroline Thompson

    October 29, 2012 at 7:07 am

  64. My dad was at this battle. He was a Navy radioman, but he was attached to the First Marine Division. He told me many times of the courage of those Marines, and the hell they went through. He saw it up close, firsthand. Much respect and honor to all those brave men.


    November 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

  65. My grandfather Harold David McDaniel was in the 8th 155mm Gun Battalion. From what I understand he arrived on Peleiu on the 17th; his next stop was Okinawa then Ryaku island according to papers my grandmother has. Also its believed by family members before returning home he was sent to Hawaii with malaria where he stayed until well. Would like to find any information I can about him during the war as well as information on the men that served in his battalion next to him. His mother signed papers to allow him in the Marines at the age of 17. He did not talk much about it; sure wish I would have asked. Miss him very much.
    Thank you, David E McDaniel II

    David E McDaniel II

    December 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm

  66. I was a late comer, USNavy, arrived on pelielu Sept. 1946 stationed there until June 1947, would love to go back and see it now . Bill Sable, 191-Smmit Dr., Grandview, Wa. 98930

    B, Sable

    January 12, 2013 at 6:05 pm

  67. My Husband & I have been trying to find out what happened to his great great uncle on Peleliu. His name is Cpl. Raymond Phillip Smith,he was in the Unites States Marine Corps Co. L 7th Regiment 3rd battalion. He is listed as MIA but we have been told he was KIA on 10/4/1944. We would love to be able to find anyone who knew him or any information that would help us find out exactly what happened to him.

    Candance Butler

    February 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    • Hi Candance,

      I have conducted extensive research on L-3-7 and have the official muster roll and action report for Peleliu. Please email me at:

      Thanks, Eric

      Eric Mailander

      February 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm

  68. Hello,

    Doing some research on a marine named, Johnny Stilwell. All I know is that he was awarded both a silver star and a purple heart and that he was a member of 2/1. Any info, on the action of 2/1 would be much appreciated. Sadly, Johnny was killed on his unit’s last day in action. Also fought at Guadalcanal and New Britain.

    Michael Bronco

    February 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    • I have the company rosters for 2/1 along with the action report for Peleliu. Will check them for you.


      Eric Mailander

      February 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      • thanks so much, eric.

        Michael Bronco

        February 7, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      • Eric, my e-mail is in case you find any info. on 2/1 or Johnny Stilwell. I’m pretty sure he was KIA on or around September 21. Possibly by a sniper. He was my grandfather’s best friend and thaht’s all I was ever able to find out.

        Michael Bronco

        February 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm

  69. Doing research on my fiance’s uncle PFC James Leo Milam jr. 3rd batt, 7th marine, 1st marine div is all I have. He was KIA at Peleliu on Sept 23,1944
    Any information would be great


    February 8, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    • Hi Tammy. Will get back to you with many details for you concerning the Battle for Peleliu. Heart breaking. My brother’s remains were brought home and buried from the
      house we grew up in ( my first memories of life.) It is 01:18 AM and read your
      request for info. My brother ( Cpl. Kenneth Barnes 1st Marines, 1st Division, FMF
      was KIA 09/19/1944 ) after 27 months fighting at the Canal and the Cape before being
      KIA at Bloody Nose Ridge. Feel free to contact me at or
      by phone 585-413-0238

      Chuck Barnes

      February 25, 2013 at 12:23 am

      • Chuck your brother fought with my grandfather William C McKibben in all of those same battles he was Ptln Sgt with the 1/1/ a fmf he never spoke of the war but he also never went hunting again and if rice was being served on the table he woulld gag and walk away he passed away in 1988 of lung cancer. He smoked his first cigarette going into guadacanal and on his deathbed he said to me I guess that Damned war killed me after all.

        Christi McKibben Holder

        February 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      • Hi Christi,

        I found your grandfather on my official A Company, 1st Bn, First Marines roster for Peleliu. Yes, he’s listed as a platoon sergeant. A Company was decimated on the island and I could understand why he didn’t talk about that nightmare. A-1-1 has been the focus of my research and let me know if I can assist you with any other information.

        Best regards, Eric Mailander

        Eric Mailander

        February 27, 2013 at 12:28 am

  70. Hello Everyone,

    My father was Burns Phillips Jr. and his unit on Peliliu was F-2-7, F Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment of the 1st Marine Division. He was seriously wounded on Peleliu, shot in the face, sometime within the first ten days though he survived. He lost his left eye as a result. He underwent many months of care at Bethesda and many surgeries to repair his face.

    He went on to become a college professor with a loving wife, two kids, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Burns died September 10th, 2010. He asked that he be given a military funeral with a Marine playing taps which we honored. He was very proud that he had been a marine but spoke very little about his experiences at New Britain and Peleliu.

    I would greatly appreciate any historical information about F-2-7 or directions to where I might find any fellow marines who served with him.

    Many thanks,
    Burns Phillips III

    Burns P. Phillips III

    March 16, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    • I visited Peleliu with a former platoon leader in F-2-7 and have both the official 2/7 War Diary and Unit Journal for Peleliu along with Col Spencer Berger’s personal memoirs. I can greatly assist you. Please PM me at

      -Eric Mailander

      Eric Mailander

      March 16, 2013 at 7:35 pm

  71. It’s Memorial Day weekend, a time to remember and give tribute to my uncle, my mother’s eldest brother, PFC Walter Packanik – 1st Battalion – 1st Regiment – 1st Marine Division, who fought and died on Peleliu at the battle of Bloody Nose Ridge.

    Since I was a child all I knew of him was what my mother said to me when she was removing a flag from the linen closet. I asked, where did that came from, she said, it was her brother’s flag, I asked what happened to him, she said, he died in the war, “he was surrounded by Japs, ran out of ammunition and had to throw rocks.” She never said another word about him again. I was very young and those words have haunted me ever since.

    Only recently and thanks to social media I learned through family members where he died – when he died – his division – his regiment, battalion and that he fought at Guadalcanal, New Britain, New Guinea and Cape Gloucester. I believe he would be considered one of The Old Breed.

    Later I learned he was awarded the Silver Star. Knowing this I felt I had enough information to dig deeper and find out what actually happened to him.
    After much research I found him in the Military Times Hall of Valor listed as receiving the Silver Star but without his actual citation posted. So my husband and I read through books, watched documentaries and with what my mother said, little by little a picture emerged and we became 90% sure that the battle he died in was the assault on Bloody Nose Ridge.
    Not completely certain we made military contacts, contacted our congressman, made telephone calls, wrote letters and filled out forms. The last call to Quantico a few days ago must have done the trick because I went to the Hall of Valor today and found his Silver Star citation posted and fully written out. Most importantly I learned what actually happened to him on Peleliu island.

    It was worse than I imagined and worse than anything I’ve read about it…it was hell on earth.

    The Citation:

    “The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Walter Packanik (MCSN: 369589), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with the First Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division in action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu, Palau Islands on the night of 19 – 20 September 1944. One of five remaining men to gain the forward strong point on the crest of a hill late in the afternoon following a successful assault on the high coral ridges by the remnants of his company, Private First Class Packanik courageously assisted in defending the ridge against violent Japanese counter attacks throughout the night, repeatedly exposing himself to intense hostile fire in order to direct his own fire more accurately and at one time engaging five of the enemy in hand-to-hand combat when they reached his position. Undaunted in his efforts although his ammunition was exhausted shortly before dawn he tenaciously continued his heroic resistance furiously hurling rocks and stones down upon the enemy and fighting hand-to-hand until mortally wounded during the fierce action. Private First Class Packanik’s aggressive determination, indomitable fighting spirit and selfless devotion to duty under extremely perilous conditions contributed materially to the success of our forces in repulsing the enemy attack and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Untied States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country”.

    During my research I came across your blog hoping to see a picture or mention of my uncle, I didn’t but now maybe his name will jog a memory and someone here can add to his story.
    It would make my family proud to have his memory preserved along with the other men who fought beside him.


    May 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    • Joan,
      This was a heart warming story to read…so glad you were able find the particulars of your uncle’s heroic deeds….he truly was a hero.
      To you and to all who read these posts I encourage you to google a story that was covered on the front page of our newspaper today…I found that it was published in many papers across the country…WWII Marine’s Diary: A brief look at a brief life.
      It’s concerning the diary of Cpl Thomas “Cotton” Jones killed by a Japanese sniper on the 3rd day of the Peleliu assault…amazing story.

      Gary Wood

      May 28, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      • Thank you Gary he was a true hero.


        May 28, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      • The only picture I have of him is from the newspaper obit, faded and yellowed. I know somewhere out there is a company C 1/1/1 group photo. Any leads on how to find it?


        May 28, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    • Hi Joan,

      I have done extensive research on C-1-1 during the Peleliu battle. I returned to the island in 1994 (50th anniversary reunion of the battle) with Major Everett Pope who commanded the company during the Peleliu battle. I have the exact location where Pfc Packanik died, the company roster and diary for Peleliu. Please contact me at for more details.

      Best regards, Eric Mailander

      Eric Mailander

      May 29, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      • Eric, the fact that you have done extensive research on C-1-1 and were at Peleliu, Hill 100 with Captain Pope is truly remarkable. Thank you for taking the time to read my post and being so willing to help me understand what happened that night and dawn on Hill 100.


        May 30, 2013 at 1:01 am

    • Hi Joan,

      As a Peleliu battle researcher, I have a copy of C-1-1’s war diary for Peleliu if you’re interested. It was written by the Company’s First Sgt during the battle. I also have the Co roster if you’re interested. Thanks for your post.


      Eric Mailander

      November 9, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      • Thank you Eric, how can I view the diary of C-1-1?


        November 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm

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      Eric Mailander

      November 11, 2013 at 11:50 pm

  72. Hello,
    Looking for information on my grandfather, Morris Sinclair Jr.
    I think he was with the 12th Defense Battalion, 1st Marines.
    I know for certain he was on Peleliu, and likely on Bougainville and/or Cape Gloucester.
    Any information would be appreciated.
    Thanks to all that have posted and taken time to help others.

    James Dillon

    June 3, 2013 at 9:21 am

  73. I am trying to find out information about my paternal grandfather, Robert Lee “Jack” McDonald. After discharge, he was murdered in his hometown of Tipton, OK in September of 1949. Unfortunately, very few living relatives have many stories of my grandfather, as the oldest of his four children was nine at the time of his death. It is general knowledge he fought in Okinawa, but I am interested to know if he also fought at Peleliu. Also, it is my understanding he was awarded the Bronze Star (with Oak Leaf Cluster?), but any citation appears to have been lost to time.

    I was able to locate the following information from an application for a military headstone: Enlistment dates 5-19-1944 thru 8-9-1945. Company C, 1st Engr Bn, 1st Mar Div. Marine Rifleman Co. 745, Marines Generator Oper. 845.

    Any information whatsoever would be greatly appreciated.

    David McDonald, Sr.

    David McDonald, Sr

    June 16, 2013 at 11:51 pm

  74. Hello, great page you have here :) I am looking for information on the 1st battalion of the 5th regiment, 1st Marine Division. Any information on Corporal George Derderdian would be much appreciated as well.

    Thank you.


    June 29, 2013 at 1:00 am

  75. Place your trust in The Lord Jesus and He will give us peace of mind. The Lord Jesus said, ” He who keeps his mind on Me I shall keep him in complete peace.” Brother of Cpl. Kenneth J Barnes 1st Marines 1st Division FMF KIA 19 September 1944 at Bloody Nose Ridge Peleliu.

    Chuck Barnes

    August 17, 2013 at 7:34 pm

  76. My father passed away two days ago, and I found this site while remembering him. Cpl. D. A. Sehmel served with a Forward Observer team with M-4-11 from Cape Gloucester through Peleliu and Okinawa. He loved the Marine Corps until his death, and attended many Evening Parades, and reunions over the years. While seldom going into details, even after I myself became a Marine, he never minced words about what a hell on Earth Peleliu was. He did not have many kind words for Gen. Rupertus, nor Col. Puller, nor the senior brass that decided to go ahead with the invasion when it was no longer required to secure McArthur’s flank. Only for the many selfless acts of bravery, courage, and desperation by his fellow Marines.

    I would also like to track down any relations, or comrades of H.H. Porterfield, a young Marine in the Comm. section of M-4-11, who was killed on Peleliu. I have some information about him my father left with me regarding his death.

    God bless you for this site, and God bless the United States Marine Corps.

    C. Sehmel

    September 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    • Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. I send condolences on the death of your father.

      I would be happy to add him to the list on this post if you could provide his full name and rank, etc.

      Best regards,


      Valerie Pippi

      September 9, 2013 at 4:48 am

    • My condolences, also. My father, Corporal Lafayette “Lafe” Mattingly (from Breckinridge County KY, who left us in 1990) was also a Forward Observer, Comm Section. He served at Guadalcanal (42), New Guinea (43), Cape Gloucester (43-44) and Finally Peleliu (44) for which he received a Silver Star in a rescue of a fellow Marine. His papers say: 1st Marine Division: Company E, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines.
      I have some photos of his Comm Section probably on R&R, as the men look rested and calm. If anyone is interested in these, I can forward the JPGs via e-mail attachment, for inspection and identification. Too many personal photos have been lost.
      Best wishes to all –
      Marcia Mattingly

      Marcia Mattingly

      September 9, 2013 at 8:44 am

  77. Hello all,
    I would like to add my uncle to your list. He was PFC Mike Vasquez 4th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, FMF. He fought on Peleliu, Okinawa, and served in Tientsin China.
    He only spoke about the war with me one time. As a kid I would ask him to tell me some “cool war stories”. He never would. It was only a few years before he died, and I much older, that he broke his silence and spoke about the war. I will never forget how he began: “Victoria, the only people who boast about war are people who have never been in one.”
    After he passed away I received his bayonet and a sword he brought back. They are both on display in my home. My mom has a few pictures of him and some of the men he served with. I am happy to share them although I don’t know who the others are.
    If anyone here remembers my uncle, had a relative who served with him, has pictures of his regiment (he fired Howitzers), or has any stories about them please contact me at
    I will also check back here.
    Thanks so much,


    November 9, 2013 at 3:10 am

    • Hi, Victoria

      Thank you for contacting me with the info! I will post it in a little bit.

      We have had many contributors to the Comments section, some of whom might be able to give you additional information.

      Enjoy today,


      Valerie Pippi

      November 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm

  78. Eric, do you have the action reports for any of the artillery regiments?


    November 12, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    • Hi Victoria,
      Eric has sent me the action report for the 11th Marines on Peleliu.

      Mike Baker

      November 13, 2013 at 8:10 am

      • Hi Mike. Where can I get a copy of the 11th Marines action report? My uncle, Joe Schell, was in the 3rd Battalion, HQ&S battery, and I am interested in any information I can find on that unit. Thanks.

        Larry Mitchell

        February 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      • Hi Larry
        I have a copy I can scan and send to you in the morning. Do you have an email you want me to use? My a Dad was in the 3rd Battalion I Company.

        Mike Baker

        February 10, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      • HI Larry,
        I received a copy of the Historical Tactical Study of the Field Artillery Support of the First Marine Division on Peleliu. I also have several other docs that you might want to have as well. I am going to be out of the country for a couple of weeks. I’ll get those to you when I return.

        Mike Baker

        February 11, 2014 at 8:33 am

      • Mike, if you could send me a copy as well. My father was with M-4-11 on Peleliu.
        csehmel @

        Christian Sehmel

        February 10, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      • HI Christian,
        I received a copy of the Historical Tactical Study of the Field Artillery Support of the First Marine Division on Peleliu. I also have several other docs that you might want to have as well. I am going to be out of the country for a couple of weeks. I’ll get those to you when I return.

        Mike Baker

        February 11, 2014 at 8:25 am

      • Mike, does that document contain any information about the 12th Defense Batt.? My father said they fired on caves as well as planes.

        Larry Weathersby

        February 11, 2014 at 8:30 am

      • HI Larry,
        I got a copy of a report from Eric Mailander a couple of years ago that I can scan and send to you. It’s a report on the artillery in support of the First Marine Division on Peleliu. I am going to be out of town for a couple of weeks. If you send me your email I’ll scan it and send it over when I get back.

        Mike Baker

        February 11, 2014 at 9:10 am

      • Mike,
        I don’t want to put my e-mail on these comments as web spiders will pick it up and I might get bombarded with spam. Spelled out, it is two weathersbys (no spaces) at gmail dot com.
        Thanks for your time in doing this. I am always interested in the Battle of Peleliu even if my father’s battalion isn’t mentioned.

        Larry Weathersby

        February 11, 2014 at 9:24 am

      • Hi Larry,
        I’ll try emailing the file. Let me know if you get it.

        Mike Baker

        February 11, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      • Hi Mike. You stated that you had information you could send to me regarding action reports of the 11th Marines, and a Tactical Study of the Field Artillery on Peleliu. My e-mail address is I am interested in anything you have on Peleliu, and Okinawa, where my uncle was killed in April of 1945, specifically as it relates to the 1st Marine Div., 11th Marines, 3rd Battalion during those battles. I see a PFC Robert C. Baker on the April 45 muster roll, Btry I. Was that your Dad? Thanks for any help you can provide. I am also in contact with a survivor of those battles, Ben Adams, and I will inform him of any information you send along to me. Thanks again.

        Larry Mitchell

        March 16, 2014 at 9:20 am

      • Hi Larry
        I’m headed to Charlotte in the morning but I’ll try to scan and email the info. Yes that’s my father. Could you send me that muster roll. Do you have any other muster rolls for Battery I?

        Mike Baker

        March 16, 2014 at 10:03 am

      • Hi Larry
        My Dad mentioned two buddies named Booth and Green(not sure about the spellings). I’d be curious to see if their names are on the muster rolls. Do you have the muster rolls for any other period for this unit? My Dad enlisted in Nov,42

        Mike Baker

        March 16, 2014 at 10:17 am

      • Mike,
        The Muster Rolls are available on If you don’t have access to that I will try and run a copy of the April 1945 roll and send it to you. I will need your e-mail address. The rolls are for the entire Battalion, so are quite lengthy (17 pages for April, I believe), so it has Btrys G, H and I as well as H&S. I have seen copies for months in 1943 and 1944 (Jan, Apr, July, Oct in each), and Jan and April in 1945. The April 45 log shows a CPL Martin E. Green and PFC Frederic L. Booth, both in Btry I. Let me know if you want the April roll and give me a little while to get it. Thanks.

        Larry Mitchell

        March 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      • Hi Larry
        I have Ancestry let me try to locate the reports. If I can’t I’ll ask for some help. How cool is that I’ve never known their first names!

        Mike Baker

        March 16, 2014 at 12:42 pm

  79. Hi all, my father who is still with us, 93, was with the 1st. Paratrooper, set. Robert lee, Johnny, Johnston. To this day he won’t talk about the battles, but he loves to talk about r and r in ausy land and on the islands and New Zealand….will show him this site and maybe he will open up… Thx again Robert jr. Sgt army Vietnam and Robert 3rd navy 3 tours middle east

    Bob johnston

    December 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm

  80. Hello all,
    My dad, SSGT Leo Henn, was a squad leader in the 81st Infantry Division, 321 RCT, 1st BN, Co. G, 1st Platoon on Anguar and then Peleliu. He never said much about the battle, just a few things that happened. He was from Christian county in Illinois and died in 2002.

    John Henn

    January 8, 2014 at 10:09 am

  81. I am on a mission to find a photograph of my grandfather. It was apparently taken by a famous photographer and published, so it should be “out there” somewhere. His name is Albert James Jennings, served on the first marine division during WWII and this photograph is of him pointing to a land mine. It is distinctive because of his naturally crooked finger (and he took off his helmet for the photo… a big no no). Anyone able to help me find this photo or point me to resources to find this photo would be greatly appreciated.

    James Jennings

    January 9, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    • James Jennings, if you know your grandfather’s full assignment (my father was III Amphibious Corps, 1st Marine Division, 12th Defense Battalion, HAAG, Company “C”) you should be able to research the National Archives in D.C., either in person or by calling them for help in finding this photo. Either they or the USMC archives at Quantico should have a copy of this photo, especially if it was a military photographer that took it.

      Larry Weathersby

      January 10, 2014 at 6:22 am

  82. Valerie,
    One last(?) time hopefully, to update my father’s information. I am probably going to be changing up my site to more of a blogger/photo album this year. Additionally, I am blogging about my father’s service experiences here: . Feel free to link there instead of for any links you have here as I will be providing ample links from that blog to the photo albums of Peleliu in the future. I’m having a hard time justifying paying to keep the custom site up every year when I can have the photos and a blog hosted for free. I may keep the buzzardsroost domain, but not certain yet.

    Larry Weathersby

    February 11, 2014 at 9:03 am

  83. Mike, If it isn’t too much trouble I would LOVE a copy of that report too. My uncle was 4th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, FMF and it has been difficult for me to find anything like a field report.


    February 11, 2014 at 9:46 am

    • Hi Vicki,
      I will try to get everyone a copy when I get back in town in a couple of weeks.

      Mike Baker

      February 11, 2014 at 10:05 am

  84. Christian, My uncle was in the same group as your dad.


    February 11, 2014 at 9:49 am

  85. I got your email Mike! Thanks so much! I can’t wait to dig into this!


    February 11, 2014 at 6:01 pm

  86. Hi, awesome site. Still a novice with blogs. Dad fought on Peleliu, Samuel Richard Taylor, Corporal, BAR ammo, wounded 9/21/44, PH and GS. Would love to hear from anyone who might have any further info. He rarely spoke of war. Really enjoy reading about others’ experiences. Thanks for your site.

    Scott R. Taylor

    March 12, 2014 at 6:35 am

    • Hi, I can help but need to know your father’s unit….ie. company, battalion, regiment.

      Thanks, eric

      Eric Mailander

      March 13, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      • Thanks a bunch Eric. I am fairly sure Dad was 7th Marines, 1st Batt, B company. Fought on Peleliu and Okinawa.

        Scott R. Taylor

        March 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

      • B Co, 7th really hit hard on Peleliu. Sounds like your father was attacking Hill 100 with the rest of B Co (Pope’s Ridge) when wounded. They relieved the survivors of the battered 1st Marines in attacking the ridges. I have the official after action report.


        Eric Mailander

        March 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      • This is all so interesting to me. My uncle Pfc. Alfred Richard Perry served in the 11th Marines on Peleliu and in the 11th and 1st Marines on Okinawa. He was transferred in May 1945 and killed in June 1945. He went from B Battalion, 11th to C Company, 1st. I spent a couple of years very immersed in his story, and received his records, but his death is still a mystery. I am not sure where he was or what happened to him. I have a telegraph that was sent to my grandmother in June reporting him MIA and then the later one reporting him KIA. My father, who was in the Navy at the time, visited my uncle’s grave on Okinawa and I have the original photograph that he took that day. He never spoke of his brother or of his own wartime experience. It really was a great tragedy when my Uncle was killed. Our family, like so many families, never recovered from his loss.
        Any information you may have would be so gratefully accepted. Thank you,
        Angela Perry


        March 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      • Thanks a whole bunch Eric. One of the few stories our Dad told was that the BAR man got killed stepping out of amtrac, so Dad then carried BAR up beach and became the point man. Soon after leaving beach he heard others screaming, turned around to see an enemy fighter raising sword above his head as if to slice vertically, but “my buddies blew him in half”. He said thought of this instance passed through his mind every day of his life, never told anyone till in his 80’s. Also told story of how after being wounded, as bearers carried him back to beach one said “this guy’s not going to make it” as they set him down and went for more Marines. Hope these are not negative stories. To us they just prove the resolve of every one mentioned on this blog. Talk about heroes! Dad’s ashes were just buried at sea last year after losing life in a car accident 7/28/11 at age 86 with shrapnel from Peleliu still in his right butt. My brother took ashes to FL base where he said Marines that set up burial, treated him and Dad with the utmost respect, one seemingly had tears in his eyes as my brother recounted Dad’s life. Would love to ask you for copies of anything you could spare. Thanks again.

        Scott R. Taylor

        March 18, 2014 at 4:23 am

  87. My uncle was 1St Marine k- 3 -5 . K.I.A. May 16 1945 he was reported as killed at Battle of Okinawa 2Nd day of invasion on Okinawa with his 1st marine division. He was written up in a book of Battle of okinawa by his buddies. Master gunner Corporal Cecil C Stout 1st Marine K 3-5. He was laid to rest at Guam 5 16 1945 till- 10 17 1948 – then shipped home to Laredo Arkansas where he was laid to his final rest. HIS FAMILY NEVER GOT OVER HIS DEATH. . GOD BLESS ALL OUR SOLDIERS AN THERE FAMILY’S

    My Info Charles Stout

    May 23, 2014 at 3:42 pm

  88. Would love to know how to get any information on my father James P. O’Malley who fought in Peleliu from September through November 1944. First Marine Division. He was a radio operator. Also fought at Okinawa and Guadalcanal.

    Diane M. O'Malley

    May 26, 2014 at 12:59 am

    • If your dad was in radio communications on Peleliu, I would highly recommend the book “Code Talkers” by Chester Nez. It is about the Marine Navajo code talkers who used the Navajo language as the basis for the Marine code which was never broken by the Japanese. Peleliu is one of the battles that Chester participated in. I don’t remember for sure, but I think he was also at Guadalcanal and Okinawa. Excellent book. That code (and the brilliantly innovative Marine Corps that implemented it) is one of the major reasons why we won the War in the Pacific.

      Jean Linder

      May 26, 2014 at 6:04 am

  89. My dad, Stanley Rodefer of San Diego, CA is still alive and just had his 89th birthday. He served with the 81st Wildcats 321st, Company C. Dad got blown up on Peleliu. He got a Purple Heart and lots of shrapnel as souvenirs. He never talked about it until I began asking him a few years ago. From the 1940’s to the 1960’s, whenever there was a sonic boom, he would “hit the deck” (throw himself on the ground) instantly. My mom laughed hardest when it happened in the middle of the Sears store..


    May 30, 2014 at 4:55 am

    • I would be happy to put him on the web site list if you could supply his military info.

      Thank you for contacting us!

      Valerie Pippi

      May 30, 2014 at 7:49 am

  90. My dad, Joseph (Joe) G. Gooch from Dallas, TX. was in the !st Marines Division under Chesty Puller. He was a communications man Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Cape Gloucester, and who knows where else. It seems he was assigned to an artillery unit, but I don’t have the details. He also mentioned the code talkers, as well as many of the things I’ve read and heard and a few I haven’t and probably never will. This is the only photo I have ever seen of him in the Marines. It was taken after he reported back after having been reported MIA-assumed dead the day before. I give the story he told us as close as I recall, and the story the Marines told the press is there as well. (You may use any of it if you have a place for it here.) When I finally located Smitty he wasn’t really interested in going into details, but did say that dad was “Quite a character.” I know a few stories he told us: Raiding the Army food dump with a shopping list. Drunk and walking back to his tent swinging a ham in each hand. One about almost risking his neck get his boots back until he was ordered back when they were surprised by the enemy. These were all over the place, not just one Island. I’ve got a lot of bits and pieces of the stories he told us back in the 60’s to early 70’s. He’s been gone almost 30 years now. I wish we’d had a tape recorder!

    Daniel Gooch

    June 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm

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