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


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


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


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


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