Peleliu Tribute
A tribute to those who fought at Peleliu, South Pacific, WW II.


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NAGLE, John L. - Pvt - C Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

NAHHAS, George A - MGy Sgt - A Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

NALLY, Joseph F. - Cpl - B Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

NASH, Carlton R. Marines. Participated in the capture and occupation of Peleliu Island in the Palau Group. Carlton is now deceased. His son Charlie may be contacted by email cnash@adt.com

NEALEY, Willis O. - PFC - A Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

NEASE, Howard E., Cpl. K-3-5. From Greensboro, NC. KIA on Okinawa.

NEIFFER, Elmer Paul, 351256, PFC, E CO, 2nd BN, 1st Marines, 1st PLT. Now lives in Hockenseit, Delaware.

NELSEN, Howard E. PFC - C Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

NELSON Earl G. - Pvt - D Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

NELSON, Gilbert Norman, Corporal.  Received USMC basic training at San Diego, Camp Pendleton and Boat Basin, Oceanside, CA. Was a telephone lineman in the 4th Joint Assault Signal Company which was attached to the First Marine Division at Pavuvu for the invasion of Peleliu. Landed in the 6th Wave on the wrong beach "White Beach". Left Peleliu Oct. 21 to return to Pavuvu Oct. 31 aboad the "Sea Sturgeon". The First Marine Division took us over and we became the "First Assault Signal Company" after our sailors went back to the Navy. Sailed on the U.S. Thomas Jefferson to invade Okinawa April 1,1945, in the 19th Wave. Left Okinawa Sept. 26, 1945 for Taku, China, aboard the USS Cortland at Yellow Beach 3. Arrived at Taku, China Oct. 1. Sailed up the Hai Ho River for Tientsin, Oct. 2. Left China Jan. 12, 1946 for USA. We boarded the USS Wakefield and arrived at San Diego Feb. 1 1946. Was discharged at Great Lakes, Illinois March 16. 1946. Family contact: Gilann@webtv.net.

NELSON, Nels, PFC - A Company, 710th Tank Battalion, 81st Inf. Div. “A good tanker.”

NELSON, Richard James - PFC - 12th Defense Battalion, Special Weapons. My father lives in Michigan and is still a proud Marine! Family contact: bnelson@newfocus.com

NELSON, Roy V. - Pvt - C Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

NELSON, Uno A - 2nd Lt - C Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

+ NELSON, William, PFC.

NERLING, Walter G. - PFC - C Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

NESS, Robert E. - Cpl - B Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

NEVILLE, Paul P. - PFC - A Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

+ NEW, John D., PFC. 2nd Bn, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Medal of Honor awarded posthumously. PFC New flung himself on a grenade, thereby saving the lives of two men during the Battle of Peleliu. PFC New was from Mobile, Alabama.

NEWMAN, James Riley - PFC - 81st Infantry Division, 321st Regimental Combat Team. KIA on 25 September 44. Serial number 34207700. Buried in the Midway Baptist Church Cemetery in Madison County Florida.  Family contact: damabrca@embarqmail.com

NEUBAUER, Daniel, PFC - A Company, 710th Tank Battalion, 81st Inf. Div. “A good tanker.”

NEWBERRY, Lyle W., PhM 2/c, USN, Corpsman, Hq. Co. and 1st plt. George Co. 2nd Bn. 5th Marines. Landed on Peleliu 15 Sept. 1944 and served throughout the entire campaign. Deceased 1982.

NEWLAND, Glen c. - Pvt - C Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

NEWTON, Robert James, Staff SGT, USMC, Artillary Communications Unit, First Marine Division. Served in combat on Guadalcanal, New Guinea, Cape Gloucester, and Peleliu. Graduated from Pomona College. Masters Degree from University of Redlands. School teacher and Principal for Covina School District in California. Deceased December 4, 1999. His family may be reached by email: cjnewton@jps.net

NEZ, Chester.  PFC Navajo code talker with the 3rd Marine Division, on loan to the 1st Division for the Battle of Peleliu. He and his partner, Francis Tsinajnnie, landed with the 5th Marines, assisted the army on Angaur, and then returned to the 5th Marines on Peleliu. The Navajo code talkers handled communications in pairs and were positioned with the artillery and mortar troops. Chester was one of the original Navajo Marines who developed the Navajo code which reduced average communication time from four hours per message with the Shackle Code to two-three minutes per message. The Navajo Code was never broken by the Japanese. Chester’s story as a Navajo code talker is told in his book, Code Talker: The first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII.

NICHOLS, Robert L., PFC. Participated in the seizure by assault of Beachhead on Peleliu, September 15, 1944. He received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in this battle and received an honorable Discharge on June 19, 1945 due to these injuries. He passed away on July 6, 1991. Family contact: Jazplus2@aol.com

NICHOLSON, Manuel W. - Pvt - C Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

NICKELL Jr., James W. 1st Marine Division, 7th Marine Regiment. L Company, 3rd Battalion, wounded October 4, 1944 in the hip and got home on Dec. 5th, 1944 to San Diego Naval Hospital for a month. Then he went up to Hunter's Point in San Francisco. He now lives in California with his wife Katie.

NICOSIA, Joseph J. K-3-7 at Peleliu and on Okinawa where he earned the Bronze Star and then went on with the 1st Division to China. He now reside in Richmond, TX, and can be contacted through his son at Snico47@aol.com

* NIER, Melvin J. - Cpl - D Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - WIA 9/15/44. - Now deceased.

NIESOLOWSKI, Chester A., PFC. C Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

NIESS, Ray H. - Pvt - D Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

NISBETT, William Aaron Nisbett. A Marine who was part Of the fourth wave ashore. He currently resides in Riverside, CA.

NIX, Robert T., PFC. A Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. He died in 1994. He has a son, Bobby, in Perry, GA. Family contact: lara_t@hotmail.com

NOACK, Lowell M. - PFC - B Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

NOEL, William F. - Cpl - H&S Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

NOLTING, George - Gy Sgt - H&S C0. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

NORCOTT, Lewis H., Lt. Cdr., USNR. Fought at Peleliu in VPB-54. He was a navigator in a PBY-5A Catalina flying boat and flew rescue missions as well as bombing runs. His part of the squadron was based in Palau. His pilot during the air campaign over Peleliu was Lt. John Love. Lewis had 23 rescues to his credit and received the air medal and a number of other decorations during the campaign. There were many, many Marine pilots rescued by the crews of VPB-54, one of the "Black Cat" squadrons. He also did some flying with Marine Corps pilots in other aircraft in Palau. He used to eat all his meals with the Marines and sometimes a sniper would pick guys off while they were waiting for Chow. Lewis passed away in 1984. He was a member of the Bloody Nose Ridge Masonic lodge and his family still has his membership card. For a transcription of the official war diary of the squadron, including the Peleliu detachment, please refer to the following web sites: http://www.fortunecity.com/millenium/redwood/372/part5.htm and http://www.fortunecity.com/millenium/redwood/372/part6.htm Submitted by Bill Norcott wnorcott@us.oracle.com

NORRIS, Keith E. - PFC - B Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

NORRIS, Laurence Hubert "Buck".  Marines.  Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, Laurence volunteered for the U.S. Marine Corps. He was trained as a raider on New Caledonia and served in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1946. Of Peleliu, Laurence recalled, "There were 64 in our platoon that morning when we landed. Eight days later, there were 13 of us left. The first five days we fought day and night."  Laurence was a privileged member of the Honor Guard when the Japanese surrendered in August 1945.  Laurence passed away in August of 2008 at the age of 94. Laurence will be remembered for his strong faith, supreme courage and dedication to his country, respect and love for his family, the special Indiana town named Fulton, and all those who surrounded him. He experienced the simplest pleasures and withstood the challenges of some of the darkest hours.

NOTAH, Roy.  PFC Navajo code talker with the 3rd Marine Division, on loan to the 1st Division for the Battle of Peleliu. The Navajo code talkers handled communications in pairs and were positioned with the artillery and mortar troops. The Navajo code, developed by Navajo Marines, reduced average communication time from four hours per message with the Shackle Code to two-three minutes per message. The Navajo Code was never broken by the Japanese. The story of the Navajo Code Talkers is told in a book by Chester Nez, Code Talker: The first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII.

NOTARO, Joseph T. - PFC - B Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

+ NOTT, Navy Radio Chief- KIA. 1st Marine Div, 2BN, 5th Marines, 4th joint assault Sig BN.

NOVELLI, Al - Lives in Drexel Hill, PA.

NUBERN, ARTHUR - Pvt - C Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

NUGENT, Arthur LCorp 1st/11th Marine Regt.

NUGENT, MERCEDES - Pvt - B Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

* NUGENT, Ray H. - Plt Sgt - D Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - WIA 9/18/44 - Now deceased.

O'BRIEN, Austin A. "Obie", Tech 5 demolition/heavy equipment operator B Co, 306th Engineering Combat Bn, 81st "Wildcat" Division. Landed and fought on Anguar and Peleliu. Joined up and returned to Rhode Island where he was a railroad worker the rest of his life. Deceased in 1984. His family would like to hear of any future 81st "Wildcat" Divisional reunions by contacting obie@foresterobie.com.

O'BRIEN, Denis, Fr. M.M. - Chaplain, 1st Marine Division on Peleliu and present chaplain of the 1st MarDiv Association - Revisited Peleliu during battle reunions in 1994 and 1999 - Frequent contributor of news articles and letters to "The Old Breed News" - Address: St. Pius Church, 3030 Gus Thomasson Rd., Dallas, TX 75228-3175.

O'BRIEN, Richard J. - PFC - H&S Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

* OCEPEK, Frank L. K-3-5.

O'HALLORAN, Joseph A. - PFC - C Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

O'HARA, Arthur B. - PhM 3 - H&S Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

O'HARA, George Earl "Red". 81st Infantry Division, 322nd Regiment, Company L, Technical Sargeant; wounded in action on Anguar Island, September 1944. Received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star. Originally from Greenville, Mississippi, Mr. O'Hara now resides in Heber Springs, Arkansas. He continues to suffer from war injuries but is still living at home and in good health at 86 as of 12/31/01. Contact through daughter Erin O. Young at wyoung2313@aol.com

O'LEARY, Thomas J., 1st Lt., Platoon Leader, Weapons Platoon, L Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines. Wounded on the beach first day. Home town Olympia, Wash. Believed to be deceased.

OLIVENBAUM, Rudolf, T4 - A Company, 710th Tank Battalion, 81st Inf. Div. “GREAT armament manager.”

OLIVER, Charles E. - PFC - C Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

OLLAR , William S. Cpl. 8th 155 Gun Battalion. Landed on Peleliu D+1.

OLSCHAFSKY, William A. - B Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

OLSEN, John W. Jr. - PFC - B Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

OLSON, Henry C.  Marine Gunnery Sergeant.  He participated in action against the enemy at Peleliu Island, Palau Group, from 24 Sept 44 to 4 May 45; Cape Gloucester, New Britain from 27 Dec 43 to 30 May 44; and participated in defense of Angaur Island, Palau Group, from 4 May 45 to 7 July 45. He passed away in 1980.

O’MALLEY, Martin H. H&S 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Pharmacist Mate 2nd Class. He served in Autralia, Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Pavuvu, Okinawa, and China. He is from Clinton, MA. Family contact: jcpupecki@hotmail.com

O’MALLEY, James Peter from west 90th Street in New York City was in the First Marine Division that landed and fought on Peleliu in September 1944. He remained until November 1944. He also fought in the invasion of Okinawa beginning in April 1945. After the war, he attended Fordham University with help of the GI Bill and then became a New York City police officer. He is now deceased. He died in January 2004.

* O'MALLEY, Martin J., Sgt. 1st Bn, 1st Div. Wounded at Peleliu on September 15, 1944. Also fought at Guadalcanal. He was originally from Boston, MA, and later lived in Walnut Creek, CA. He is now deceased.

+ O'NEAL, Casper L., NCB 73 "KIA" 17 Sep. 1944 on Peleliu.

* ONKST, Harold E., Sgt. Army. Landed on Peleliu to support and relieve the Marines who received heavy casualties. He was wounded in the left knee and suffered for years until he received a new one in 1997. After getting out of the Army he managed a grocery store in Harlan. In 1957 he started a Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store in Corbin, KY. This business grew to expand into surrounding communities. He sold all the stores and semi-retired in 1994. He may be reached by email: rustyo@kih.net

+ ONTIVEROS, Jess C. PFC  7th Marines KIA 25 Sept 44 . Family contact: thomas.ontiveros@ineos.com

OPPER, Carl W. Opper.  He was a member of the 73rd Seabees and landed on or near the first day of the Peleliu campaign.  He was an E-5 bulldozer and steam shovel operator. He is now deceased. Family contact: kjopper@suddenlink.net

ORBAN, Joseph, PVT - A Company, 710th Tank Battalion, 81st Inf. Div. “A good tanker.”

+ ORESTI, Eugene - PFC - B Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - KIA 9/15/44. If you knew him, Please contact his family at Mst44@aol.com

ORFORD, Edward A. - Pvt - C Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

ORINICK, Michael Jr., Cpl. H&S Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn

. * ORLANDO, Leonard M. - PhM 2 - H&S Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - WIA 10/5/44.

* ORRIS, Layne E. (Cpl.). WIA. 1st. Serv. Bn. (Ammo section), 1st Marine Div. Now resides in Emily, Mn.

OSCIER, Frank J. - PFC - A Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

OSGOOD, Kirk E. - 1st Sgt - C Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

+ OSWALT, Robert B. Company K, 3rd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. Killed in action on September 16, 1944.

OVERBAY, Thomas Jesse. Jesse was living at Chilhowie, VA when drafted into the Army. He was a member of the 81st Infantry Division, 321st Infantry Regiment, Company H. He served in heavy weapons and operated a Browning machine gun. He made the invasion of Anguar and fought on Peleliu and went to Japan for the occupation. As of 2002, he is 76 years old and resides in Glad Spring, VA. He says he would be glad to correspond with fellow veterans and provide information for relatives of the men in his company. Interested parties can email his son Larry at laoverbay@naxs.com

OVERHOLTZER, William. 81st Div. Army 321 reg. B Co. Wounded on Anguar. Now lives in Spanaway, Wash. grandriver@webtv.net

* OWENS, Charles H., PFC.  A/!/7. Was wounded. 902 Bomar St, LaFayette,GA 30728-3113. owensusmcret@webtv.net

* OWINGS, Capt. Wounded on the morning of D Day. (His last name was possibly Owins or Owens). He was Company Commander of Headquarters and Service Company, 17th Marines, 1st Marine Division.

PACE, James E. Pvt - Pvt - D Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

* PACCA, Anthony.  Marine. He never spoke about his service except when we asked about the purple patches on his arm he would tell his family it was “the shrapnel”. He received a Purple Heart for injuries to his left arm, eye, and loss of hearing.  He died of cancer in May of 2009, at the age of 84. Family contact: ampacca@gmail.com

+ PACKANIK, Walter, PFC. 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was born in Perth Amboy, NJ.  He fought in the battles of Guadalcanal, New Britain, Cape Gloucester and Peleliu.  He was killed in action on September 20, 1944, on Peleliu.  A company of men began the climb up Hill 100, a tiny handful came down. He was awarded the Silver Star for his actions on Hill 100, also known as Walt’s Ridge or Pope’s Hill. Family contact:  jujoni@earthlink.net

PADDOCK, Layton, PFC, of Winslow. Arizona Code Talker.

PADRON, Manuel F. - Pvt - B Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

PAGE, George C. - Pfc - A Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

PAGE, Ronald, T5 - A Company, 710th Tank Battalion, 81st Inf. Div. “A good tanker.”

PAHLER, John, PFC - A Company, 710th Tank Battalion, 81st Inf. Div. “A good guy!”

PAINE, Earl. 1st Marines, 2nd Bn, 7th Regiment, E Company. He was with Lt. Col. Evans F. Carlson's Raiders. CMAFLASH@aol.com

* PAINE, Leland. K-3-5.

PAINTER, Brian E. - PFC - A Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

PAINTER, Henry R., Pvt. Commended for courageous conduct while operating Sixteenth Field Depot vehicles to and from front lines, often under hostile fire, during the operation against the enemy at Peleliu.

PAINTER, Nathan Edward, Pharmacist's Mate, Marine Air Squadron One.  Landed in the 3rd wave with 1st Regiment HQ Co.  Acted as a Medic until the airbase was operational. Now deceased 12/31/12.

PALEC, Ben - PFC - A Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

PALMER, Gordon W. - PFC - A Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

PALMER, Vester B. - PFC - A Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

PALUCHE, Godwin. Marine. From Sulphur, Loisiana. His family would Like to hear from anyone who might have served with him. BRADJUNEAU@aol.com

PANCOAST, Lewis M., Pfc., B-1-11. Now lives in Spokane, Washington.

PANIZZERA, Joe C. Technical Sergeant, Company A, 323rd Infantry Regiment, US Army. Deceased November 1993. Family contact: jmp@sonic.net

PANTALONE, Kenneth C., PFC. B Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

PANTELIS, Constantine G. aka Gus or Greek. 1st Division, 7th Marines, Radio operator. Served on New Britain, Peleliu, and Okinawa.  Passed away January 17 2009. You are missed Dad, npantelis@yahoo.com

PAPCIAK, Edmund T. - PFC - H&S Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

PAPINCHAK, Andrew G., Plt Sgt. B Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

* PAPINEAU, John Baptist. PFC. Served in the Cape Gloucester, New Britian campaign with Battery "B" 1st Special Weapons Bn, 1st Marine Division. Later, he transferred to Co. E, 2nd Bn, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division for the rest of his service. He was wounded on 10 October 1944 while on Peleliu by a sniper's bullet but was able to return to duty that day. His luck ran out while he was on Okinawa where he was killed by enemy shellfire on 17 May 1945. John's death was so hard on the family, they never talked about him after the war. I was asked by my grandmother to research her brother's past as she was dying. I am still conducting research on the Battle of Peleliu and would love to speak with any veterans that may have served with John, the 1st Marine Division or the Army's 81st Infantry Division. Please feel free to e-mail me at bhall1821@hotmail.com and place Peleliu in the subject line.

PARKER, Arthur M. Jr. - Major - H&S Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. Now deceased.

PARKER, Claude Lee, PFC. H-S Co. 3rd Amp. Tr. Bn. Died in 1989.

PARKER, Earle William. 1st Marine Division at Peleliu. If you knew Earle and can share further information with his family, please contact maidensixx@aol.com.

PARKER, Jacob J. Jr. - Cpl - H&S Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

PARKER, Knighton M. - PFC - A Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

PARKER, Victor. Served with Marine Air Group Eleven from 2/1/44 to 7/1/44 on Esprito Santo, then on Peleliu from 10/1/44 to 4/1/45.

PARKINSON, Robert Leroy, Pvt. 1st Marine Division, 11th  Artillery, Forward Observer. Contact   Brian Parkinson: Parkwb56@gmail.com

* PARKS, Floyd L. - PFC - A Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - WIA 9/15/44.

+ PARRETT, George W. K-3-5. Killed in action on October 3, 1944.

PARRY, Addison D. of Coraopolis, PA, was a member of the 81st Wildcat Division. He was in the 316th Field Artillery Battalion, Company A, and was a gunner on a 105 mm Howitzer crew. He passed away in August of 1995. He talked very little of the war.  He had received ribbons and 2 bronze stars but never told us about them and we never saw them. I think he was not proud of them. Anyone remember him? His nickname was Boober or Ad. Family contact:  yourgypsy05@yahoo.com

PASCALE, Galileo Johnny. A Navy sailor directed to be a part of the invading force of Peleliu. He was on the 2nd Echelon of the invasion. He now lives in El Paso, TX where he is still in the barbering business.

PASTUSIC, Francis, Corporal-1st Marine Div Ist BN-1st Plt.  War Dog Handler; From Mildred; Sullivan Co. PA.  If anyone would like to get in touch with him they can e-mail his daughter at tmpastusic@aol.com

PATANT, Mortimer - Cpl - D Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

PATE, Alvin E. First Class Petty Officer, USN, served with ARGUS 20 at the Airfield on Peleliu. Lives in Montgomery Al. Contact through son at mitucents@aol.com

PATRICK, Clyde D - PFC - B Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

PATTERSON, Roger T. - Pvt - C Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

PATTISON, Marshall, Cpl. 8th 155 Gun Battalion.

PATTELLARO, Vincent - Pvt - B Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

PAUL, Arthur S. - B Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

PAUL, Bernard E., Sgt. 1st Marine Division, 1st Engineer Bn, which changed to 1st Shore Party Bn and landed on Peleliu in the first wave on D-Day, September 15, 1944. Bernard is looking to locate fellow buddies to get back in touch with. You can email his son James Paul at james.paul@autotader.com or mail him directly at Bernard E Paul, 117 N. Geveva, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54325, (920) 743-3591. He is specifically looking for Charlie Marrioti, believed to be in Colorado, and any others who would be interested.

PAUL, Joe E., Corporal. 6th Marine Division. Now deceased.

PAULSEN, Thorkild “Toby” William. K-3-5. My father enlisted in the Marines as a 17 year old, the youngest of four children, much to the dismay of my grandmother. Her other two boys and only son-in-law were already gone; one in France and two in Germany. Unbelievably, they all came home and none were seriously injured. He married my mother, Irma Tuffin, a cadet nurse who graduated from Iowa Methodist in his home town of Des Moines, Iowa in August of 1947. Toby was a bricklayer and they moved to Colorado in 1952, where they spent the rest of their lives. My father was very proud of his service and the Marines. He began attending yearly reunions about 15 years ago, and they helped complete a healing process that took a lifetime. My dad died on February 13, 2001 at the age of 76; he had spent the last 18 months of his life caring for my mother after a devastating stroke. She passed away in August of the following year. They had been married for 54 years. Daughter Janice: milton.lyon@comcast.net

PAVONE, Frank J. - Sgt - H&S Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

+ PAYNE, David Harrison, Pvt. USMC. Killed in Action on Peleliu, September 22, 1944.

PEARCE, Frank H. - 2nd Lt - A Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

* PEARCE, Walter. 1st Marine Division, A-1-7, 3rd Platoon. Fought on Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, and Peleliu, wounded on Peleliu. Now deceased.

PEARSON, Lawrence W., Pvt. USMCR. 6th Amphibian Tractor Battalion.

PEAVY, Blaine B. - Cpl - H&S Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

PECHA, John Frank - CPL - A Co., Machine Gun Crewman, Qualified Parachutist, 961st Platoon, now deceased, participated in action on Bouganville from 4 December 1943 to 11 January 1944, participated in raid on Choiseful, B.S.I. 27 October 1943 to 4 November 1943, participated in action on Peleliu 15 September 1944 to 16 September 1944, received shrapnel wound to lower back and chest on 16 September 1944, received Purple Heart. Appears in newsreels of Peleliu landing. John is seen in a foxhole signaling a cameraman to get down out of enemy fire. Newsreel is last film the cameraman films as he is killed while filming. Family contact - son at dpecha@hdrinc.com

+ PECK, Earl. 2nd Bn, 1st Marines, E Co. From Michigan.

PEHRSON, Allen D.  First Marine Division on Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester and Peleliu. He landed on Peleliu with the 1/1/1 as a sergeant and was removed from the field of battle on 9/16/44 due to a blast concussion from a mortar round. He died April 10, 2008 and is missed. Family contact: dpehrson@theprivatebank.com

PELKEY, John R. - Pvt - C Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

* PELTON, Roland L. - Cpl - D Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - WIA 9/15/44.

PENFOLD, Don V. - PFC - B Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

PENNINGTON, Jess - Pvt - C Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. Now deceased.

PENUNURI, Raymond M. - Pvt - C Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

* PEPPER, William Milton (Jr.), Corporal USMC,  1st Marines, Riffle company, WIA a few days after taking the airfield. Now deceased. Family contact: revstewartpepper@gmail.com

PERKINS, Paul K. - -Cpl - H&S Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

PERRY, Otis G. - PFC - B Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

PERSICO, Alfred R.  Sgt, B Battery 906th FA Artillery Btn, 81st Div, Service # 32523114  Deceased, June 28, 2000.  Would appreciate hearing from anyone who knew my father. Email to George Persico: george.persico@gmail.com  

PERZ, Robert J., Sgt. I was a former member of the 81st Division Hq. & Hq. Btry Field Artillery. Tec 4 Radio Technician. I landed on Anguar on the 17th of Sept. 1944 and a short time thereafter went to Pelelieu to continue the clean up operation. Interested in any comrade who likewise served on those islands. Please contact me through at purrzzez@wnc.net

PESHLAKAI, Wallace, PFC, of Twin Peaks. Arizona Code Talker.

PETERS, Charles W. - PFC - A Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

PETERS, Robert L. - PFC - B Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

PETERSEN, John M.  321st Infantry, Company B, Wildcat Division.  Family contact: rpetersen14@yahoo.com

PETERSON, Carl W. - Pvt - D Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

* PETERSON, Lewis W. K-3-5.

PETERSON, MILO L. - Pvt - C Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

PETO, Jr., George. 3 BN, 1st Marines, Forward observer for 81mm Mortars, Bloody Nose Ridge.

* PETRASEK, John. H&S 2nd bn 11th Marines. Now lives in Clifton, NJ.

* PETROSKY, EDWARD S. - PFC - B Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - WIA 9/15/44.

PETROSKY, Felix P. - PFC - C Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

* PFLEGHAAR, John A. - PFC - B Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - WIA 9/15/44.

PHELPS, Floyd J. VMF 122. Served at Peleliu Sept. 16, 1944, until October 1945. Received the rank of T. Sgt.  Airforce mechanic.  Married Imogene Minor April 14, 1946. Deceased July 3, 2009. Family contact: fjphelps@frontier.net

+ PHELPS, Wesley, PFC. 3rd BN, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. PFC Phelps was from Neafus, Kentucky. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. PFC Phelps flung himself on a grenade to spare the lives of his comrades on Oct. 4, 1944.

PHILLIPS, Anthony, CPL - A Company, 710th Tank Battalion, 81st Inf. Div. “A good tanker.”

PHILLIPS, Wayne E. MAG. Thought to have been a tailgunner in a "Hellcat." He passed away in March of 1998.

* PFEIFFER, John J. D-1-Med Bn. Went ashore with 5th Marines, later sent to 1st Marines because of corpsmen casualties. Now lives in Bergenfield, NJ.

PHILIPS, Roy A. - PFC - D Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

PHILLIPS, Charles T. - Pvt - H&S Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

PHILLIPS, Roland E. - CPL - A Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

PHILLIPS, Sammie E. - PFC - B Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

PHILLIPS, Sherman L. - PFC - H&S Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

PICOTTE, Leslie B. - Cpl - H&S Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

PIDGEON, Phillip. 81st Infantry, Wildcat Division. Was from Memphis, TN. Now deceased.

PIERCE, Robert G., Jr. - PFC - A Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

PIERCE, William Chad, S. Sgt. Company I, 321st Infantry, 81st. Fought in Pacific campaign, Peleliu. Would like to hear from any of his company. Contact through his niece at oherna1462@aol.com

PILLIOD, Dallas A. My father was with the 81st Infantry Division at Peleliu. I believe he was Capt. at the time but was promoted to Lt. Col. before the end of the war. He received the Silver Star. He is 88 years old now and doing well. He retired from the Army after 30 years of service. Submitted by son David: dpilliod@centerpointeloans.com

PILSNIK, Ervin J. - PFC - C Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

PINTO, Carmine ("Tommy"). rifleman (prim) 745 Demolitions Specialist -535 Messenger (Sec) 675. OneAuntieM@aol.com

PIPPETT, Mason S. - Pvt - A Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

* PIPPI, Marino, Co. G, 2nd Bn, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division.  Purple Heart recipient. (1925-1998). Read his scrapbook online: http://liveyourlight.wordpress.com/2008/03/19/peleiu-1944-wwii-battle-for-bloody-nose-ridge-in-pict ures/ .  Family contact:  mayagal@earthlink.net

+ PISHETELLO, Victor M. - PFC - C Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. KIA 10/6/44.

PLAISANCE, Percy F. - PFC - H&S Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

PLANKERS, John J. - PFC - A Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

PLAUCHE, Godwin. Marine. From Sulphur, Louisiana. Godwin now has Alzheimer's, but his family recalls that he grew up in Sulphur, Louisiana and enjoyed hunting. He was known as a very good shot and would often be assigned to go up in a tree to snipe Japanese. He often talked about a "great big Indian from Oklahoma" who was in his platoon who he obviously was very close to but could never find after the war. Godwin had actually traveled from Louisiana to Oklahoma looking for him but never found him. If you should have information about Godwin, his family would appreciate hearing from you. BRADJUNEAU@aol.com

PLAUCHE, Godwin. 1st marines 12th anti aircraft division. Fought in Cape Gloucester New Britain and Peleliu. Everyone called him "Frenchy" as he spoke French being raised in Plaucheville, Louisiana. He also always carried a big knife on his belt. He was always talking to people and telling jokes and said it helped everyone keep their minds off of the terrible things that were happening around them. If anyone remembers Him I would love to hear from you. Plauche25@sbcglobal.net

+ PLUNK, James E., Cpl. Btry L, 11th Mar, 1st Marine Division. Killed in action at Peleliu on 9/27/44. Cpl. Plunk was a recipient of the Purple Heart and several other citations while serving in the Asiatic-Pacific area. He was a native of Tennessee.

POJKENIS, Vincent V. - PFC - B Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

POKORNY, Lloyd - PFC - A Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

POLE, Thomas P. - PFC - A Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

* POLINSKY, Michael, PFC. 1st Marine Division, 5th. War Dog Platoon. His doberman's name was Satan who saved many Marines on Peleliu, including Mike. Mike died in 1966 and his best buddy Joseph Kranick, from Olyphant, PA, died on Peleliu. He nephew (a former Marine) would like to hear from any war dog men who knew Mike or know any stories of the dogs on Peleliu. Email me at tchirico@msn.com

I have photos of 5th Dog Platoon and will share them with members!

POLLARD, Lawrence G. - PFC - D Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

POLLETTE, Roger, - Pvt - Pvt - A Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

POLLINS, Perry, PFC - Lives in Lexington, MA.

POLVADORE, Withell H. - PFC - A Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

POMPURA, John C. - PFC - D Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

PONTICELLO, Joseph R. - PFC - B Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

POOLE, Edward (Eddie) Frederick, Cpl.

* POPE, Everett Parker, Capt. Was the 25-year-old commanding officer of C-1-1 during invasion of Peleliu. Was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism on Peleliu. A native of Massachusetts and a graduate of Bowdoin College, he now lives in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

POPE, Leslie G. - PFC - B Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

POPLE, Jack, 1st. Lt. 2nd Bn, 1st Marines. Headquarters.

* POPOVICH, George PFC -Wounded on the 13th day of combat on Peleliu.. Wounded previously on New Britain. Two Purple Hearts. Living now in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania.

PORCH, Rodney E. - Pvt - D Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

PORKORNY, Lloyd, Pvt. USMCR. 6th Amphibian Tractor Battalion.

* PORTER, Alfred L., Cpl. K-3-5. From San Jose, CA.

PORTER, Bryon H. - PFC - B Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

* PORTER, Leslie L. K-3-5. WIA on 28 Sept 44.

* PORTER, Otho Lee, Gunnery Sgt. 1st Marine Division, wounded on the 13th day, received Purple Heart. From Texas. Now deceased. Family contact: IceBlueHeat152@aol.com

+ POSEY, William L. - PFC - C Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

* POST, Calvin W. - PFC - C Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn - WIA 9/18/44.

POSTON, William Kenneth. USMC, veteran of the Peleliu campaign. Served with VMF 114 from 1944-45. He may be contacted via his daughter: lyndae777@aol.com

* POUNDS, Orville L. (Red). K-3-5 1st Marines. Rifle Marksman, Browning Automatic Rifleman. Grandpa went home to be with his Lord on April 15, 2001. His widow can be reached at dapounds29@aol.com. I, Tish Bellew, can be reached at tlbsandwich@yahoo.com

POWELL, Darold William. Corporal.  First Marine Division, 7th Marines.  15 September, 1944 to 6 October, 1944 participated in the assault of Peleliu Island.  Participated in defense of the airport from 6
October, 1944 to 20 October 1944.  On 16 September, 944, received the Bronze Star.  Died 17 May, 2002.  Family contact, Susan Powell:
supowell@gmail.com

POWELL, Royston - PFC - H&S Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

POWELL, William C. - PFC - B Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - WIA 9/19/44 - Now deceased.

POWERS, Albert E. - PFC - H&S Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

POWERS, George G. - Cpl - H&S Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

POWERS, Joseph T. - PFC - B Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - Now deceased.

+ POWERS, Robert F Pfc  2nd Battalion 7th Regiment 1st Marine Div.  Died Sept 16, 1944 on Peleliu.

* PRAMER, Ernest A. - Pvt - D Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - WIA 10/4/44. Ernie lives in Norwalk, CT. He had 5 children and worked most of his life as a carpenter. He may be contacted by email via his friend at EvanLobell@aol.com

* PRATT, Virgil. H&S 2nd bn 11th Marines. Now deceased.

*PREHM, John, SGT - A Company, 710th Tank Battalion, 81st Inf. Div., Received Purple Heart for injuries received in combat.  “Good tank commander.”

* PRICE, John Edward, PFC. U.S. Marine Corp. Reserve. He was called "Jack" or "Arky" because of his thick southern accent. Was on the assault wave at Peleliu. He was assigned to Company G, 2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry on a hilltop in the vicinity of Bloody Nose Ridge on Sept. 19, 1944. He was also wounded with mortar shrapnel during the action but was returned to his unit on Oct. 3, 1944. He fought again later at Okinawa where he was wounded twice in May 1945. He went to his grave on May 20, 1972 with inoperable Japanese shrapnel in his chest and a Japanese bullet behind his knee. He also suffered periodically from bouts of malaria. His son Scott may be reached by email: <AHREF="MAILTO:PRICES@RILEY.ARMY.MIL"prices@riley.army.mil

PRICE, Thomas Beverly SGT (then PFC), USMC #548305, 5th War Dog Platoon attached K-3-5, 1st Mar Div, Handler of Chips #309. They were credited for participation in operations on Peleliu and Negesebus. Chips was wounded by a shell fragment and died in 1949. Dad passed on on 9 July 2005. Family contact: nogreaterlove@adelphia.net

PRICE, William E. - PFC - B Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

PRITCHETT, Robert E. - Pvt - D Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

PROPST, Paul E - Pvt - D Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

PROVINCE, Delbert W. - PFC - PFC - A Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. Now deceased.

* PRUSENER, Jack H. - PFC - A Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. - Now deceased.

* PRUSYNSKI, Robert. 5th Marines. WIA. From Rapids, WI.

PSUICH (SHOOK), Joseph M., PFC. B Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn.

PULLER, Lewis B., Col., Commanding Officer of the 1st Marines. "Chesty" was awarded the Navy Cross five times during his illustrous career. A book was written about him: Davis, Burke. MARINE!: Boston. Little, Brown and Company, 1962. Puller died 10-11-71 in Saluda, Virginia.

PUREFOY, Royce Laar, 455085, PFC, E CO, 2nd BN, 1st Marines, 1st PLT

+ PURGILL, Leonard J. - PFC - B Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - KIA 10/5/44.

PURVIS, John Arthur. 1st Marines, 7th Regiment, 3rd Bn, L Co on Peleliu from Sept. 15-October 1944. He also served at Okinawa. His daughter Jane is looking for information on John or any of his buddies. She may be contacted at polkjjztfam@aol.com

+ PUTORTI, Anthony. K-3-5. Killed in action on September 28, 1944.

+ PUTRA, Stanley - PFC - C Co. Sixth Amphibian Tractor Bn. - KIA 9/18/44.

PYATT, William J. - Cpl - D Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn.

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