Marines Secure Peleliu

Marines Secure Peleliu

September 27, 1942, in Marine Corps history.

On September 27, 1944, US Marines secured and raised the American flag over the island of Peleliu. Despite Marines securing the island, pockets of Japanese soldiers held out and continued to fight against American forces until April of 1947, nearly two years after the war ended.

Photo Credit: Marines wait in their foxholes as artillery shells are launched at a Japanese held cave in the nearby hill. (USMC photo/released).


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