Peleliu Island travel guide
Another tank placed at an intersection. Both the Japanese and the U.S. had tanks and we can't tell the difference.
The Battle of Peleliu stands out for two reasons. Firstly, it was questionable even before the battle the strategic value of Peleliu. Secondly, it resulted in a higher death toll than any other amphibious assault in U.S. military history. The first wave of U.S. soldiers was the 1st Marine Division, who was supposed to invade Peleliu Island with relatively ease. But they were met with ferocious resistance from the occupying Japanese forces, who had fortified themselves in well-crafted caves. After about a week of fierce fighting the marines had suffered so badly, that the U.S. had to reinforce with the 81st Infantry Division. The battle extended to 73 bloody days before the small island was under U.S. control. The death toll was then; 2336 U.S. soldiers killed and 10,695 Japanese soldiers killed, almost the entire Japanese garrison.
Another WWII remnants placed at an intersection - or maybe the bulldozer was here first and the roads came after.
This museum contains a collection of photographs, newspaper articles, weapons, uniforms and other war artifacts. The manager, Tangie Hesus, is very knowledgeable about the war and will happily answer any questions. The museum is a good starting point to get a overview of the Battle of Peleliu - and you can also buy the permit here.
Not sure what this building was for, but it might have been part of the Japanese headquarter further up the road. There are some serious holes in the walls and the backside is completely gone. Over the years the vegetation has beautiful claimed the building. The roof is overgrown with vines and roots climbing down the corners.
This memorial is dedicated to 81st Infantry Division, the Wildcat, and attached troops.