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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/26/2017 7:53:26 PM   
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Notice the small door at the back of the monument. Locals routinely stumbled upon the remains of Japanese soldiers on Peleliu. They were instructed to collect the bones, put them in bags, and place them in a vault behind the memorial to Nakagawa. Every so often, a representative of the Japanese government would come to Peleliu, collect the bags of bones, and return them to Japan.




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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/26/2017 7:56:36 PM   
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Now we head to the middle of the island, first stop is a corner of the old airfield.




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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/26/2017 7:58:15 PM   
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Here Jerry shows us a Type 95 light tank which had been destroyed on the first day of the battle by the US Marines. The tank was part of a counter-attack which included 17 tanks and infantry which hit the Fifth Marine regiment sector. The counter-attack was totally destroyed.




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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/26/2017 8:00:11 PM   
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This is our guide Jerry, Jerry was great because he had the historical data, plus albums of historical photos. And, he could tell us about his life as a child, post WWII, living on Peleliu and Koror. So, he had some personal stories to tell.




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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/26/2017 8:01:33 PM   
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Jerry pointing to the corner or the airfield where the tank was.




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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/26/2017 11:13:47 PM   
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Thanks for the photos. Very informative.

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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/26/2017 11:24:31 PM   
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Great. Thanks for all this information.

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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/27/2017 3:45:18 AM   
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I looked in a book I have called "Handbook on Japanese Military Forces" published by the US War Department on Oct.1 1944 . On page 250 a photo of this tank is printed with the info " New Type amphibious tank. The system of flotation is extremely interesting and is achieved by attachment of a bow and stern pontoon. Pontoons conform to the shape of the hull , and are attached by a series of pincer clamps, which are controlled by a handwheel inside the tank , enabling quick releace if so desired".

In your photo you can see the front or "Bow" pontoon . Also the running gear is of Japanese design and so is the turret.
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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/27/2017 4:11:09 AM   
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Nice shots Sir.


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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/27/2017 11:13:38 AM   
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Damn, that looks EXACTLY like it does in The Pacific. I am more than a little jealous



Exactly my thoughts. When I saw the second picture, the distance shot of the communications center, I realized what great job they did in making The Pacific.

The combat footage in the series certainly got the communications center right.

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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/27/2017 11:36:22 AM   
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Nice photos, thanks for sharing!

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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/27/2017 2:14:41 PM   
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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/27/2017 2:15:56 PM   
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The Japanese side of the tour




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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/27/2017 2:17:27 PM   
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our map to help figure out where we are




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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/27/2017 2:32:05 PM   
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Hard to tell when this photo was taken. Well after the battle considering the growth around it.




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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/27/2017 5:32:43 PM   
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Not exactly on-point, but an interesting note for me on Palau: Our disgraced former Williamson County, Texas District Attorney (John Bradley) was hired as Attorney General of Palau in 2014. He resigned about this time last year for "family reasons." He was part of the cover-up of the Michael Morton case here in Williamson County.

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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/27/2017 5:34:32 PM   
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Thanks for sharing - fantastic photos and information!

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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/30/2017 11:10:10 AM   
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Fantastic photos, really jealous!

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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/30/2017 12:25:24 PM   
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Damn, that looks EXACTLY like it does in The Pacific. I am more than a little jealous



Exactly my thoughts. When I saw the second picture, the distance shot of the communications center, I realized what great job they did in making The Pacific.

The combat footage in the series certainly got the communications center right.


Please understand that the "communication center" is not on the island of Peleliu but on Babeldaob. Babeldaob is the largest of the Palau islands and current home of the Capital, the international airport and several sites of Japanese ruins. The Americans did not invade Babeldaob but did heavily bomb the Japanese when they found them.

https://www.google.com/maps/@7.267818,134.6419441,10z


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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/30/2017 12:33:58 PM   
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Next stop after the tank: the Japanese headquarters post on Peleliu. This was a couple hundred yards NE of the type 95 we had just seen. Even in ruins, you could tell it once stood at least two stories tall. Once the Navy started the pre invasion prep the facility became a target for large naval guns.




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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/30/2017 12:34:47 PM   
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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/30/2017 12:36:25 PM   
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Once again it was clear that this building received a heavy dose of Marine and Navy fire power.




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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/30/2017 12:37:39 PM   
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here we are just above the airfield and Bloody Nose Ridge to the North in a flanking the position.




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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/30/2017 12:39:35 PM   
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I quickly take the high ground




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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/30/2017 12:43:43 PM   
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Wife unit Mark I "Kim" returning fire.




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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/30/2017 12:51:30 PM   
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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/30/2017 12:53:40 PM   
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Air raid shelter a couple of feet away from the HQ.




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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/30/2017 12:54:55 PM   
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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/30/2017 12:56:19 PM   
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no way out once the Marines show up




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RE: Trip to Palau and Peleliu - 12/30/2017 1:42:21 PM   
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The next stop was the Peleliu WWII Memorial Museum, which was a dispensary before the war (according to Lonely Planet).




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