September 1944 – Battle of Peleliu begins as the United States Marine Corps' Marine Division and the United States Army's Infantry Division hit White and Orange beaches under heavy fire from Japanese infantry and artillery.
The first wave of LVTs moved toward Peleliu invasion beaches, Palau Islands, 15 Sep note the bombardment lines consisted of LCIs, cruisers, and battleships; photo taken USS Honolulu aircraft - Source: United States National Archives
Japanese fortifications on Peleliu, September / Embrasures in this well-sited, heavily reinforced position, possibly in the Pocket, indicate the location of Japanese weapons which devastated attacking Marines.
Field Depot Marines stand-by for movement orders off the Peleliu beach head. This unit was made up of the Marine Ammunition Co, and the Marine Depot Co. These Marines were attached to the Service Group, MarDiv for operations on Peleliu.
The corpse of a Japanese soldier floats by an American Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVT) amphibious warfare vehicle during the first wave of assaults approaching the beaches during the Battle of Peleliu (Operation Stalemate II.
On the eve of the Battle of Peleliu, the Marines were told it would be “very tough but very short.” Unfortunately, it would prove to be one of the bloodiest and most neglected battles of the Pacific War.