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09-13-03, 06:23 AM
Peleliu: The Forgotten Battle

Thursday , September 11, 2003

Sunday, September 14 at 8 p.m. ET
Hosted by Lt. Col. Oliver North

Almost exactly 59 years ago on September 15, 1944, some 6,000 men of the First Marine Division landed on a hot, chunk of coral in the South Pacific called Peleliu (search). The tiny island, a mere six miles long and two miles wide held 10,000 Japanese defenders who had changed their battle strategy and literally went underground. There, deep inside the heavily fortified island were some 500 caves, pillboxes and tunnels. And our troops mistakenly believed the Navy’s massive pre-invasion bombardment had thoroughly “softened up the enemy.”

In this harrowing episode of War Stories With Oliver North, you’ll hear from extraordinary veterans like Everett Pope (search), who was awarded the Medal of Honor (search) for storming the steep, razor-sharp, hills known as “Bloody Nose Ridge.” And you’ll hear the chilling account from retired four-star General Raymond Davis (search), whose battalion suffered an unprecedented 70 percent casualty rate in less than a week. Davis, who would go on to receive the Medal of Honor in the Korean War, sat down with Oliver North for an exclusive interview shortly before his death.

More than 9,500 Americans paid the ultimate sacrifice on this tiny island. And decades after the so-called “forgotten battle” for Peleliu, the debate continues over whether taking the island was actually necessary. But no one questions the courage and determination of those soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who seized this Japanese fortress.

Staff for this episode:

Senior Producer: Pamela K. Browne

Produced and Written by: Cyd Upson and Jason Kopp

Production Associate: Michael Weiss

Editor: Todd Zelin




09-13-03, 06:48 AM
:marine: Any Marine interested in what Peleliu was like should read..."With The Old Breed"...by life/member Pfc Eugene Sledge of the 1st Marine Division Association....a highly respected Marine historian...Colonel Joseph Alexander-USMC [Ret] says, "Pfc Sledge's book is by far, the best book on combat in the Pacific War...it's prose was written by a combat Marine for all Marines"...I agree 100%.:marine:

09-13-03, 01:46 PM
As an additional note,"With the Old Breed" is in most Public Library Systems that I have visited. It is probably in yours.

09-13-03, 04:25 PM
:marine: Way to go, Gary!! S/F:marine: