” Thousand Yard Stare” by Thomas C. Lea III
“The main cause of the 1st Marines going through the ordeal of Peleliu was the rugged and well-defended terrain of the Umurbrogol Hills. They were honeycombed with caves and enemy strongholds. Spearheading the grueling assault was Colonel “Chesty” Puller’s 1st Regiment. The following are excerpts from Pvt. Russell Davis:
We went quickly into line, backing and plunging a bit in the surf like race horses in the starting gate. The control oﬂicers in the picket boats sighted along the line and then waved us ahead. We took off into the wake of the second Wave, but it was hard to see them when they were in the troughs of the swells.
Everyone was up and yelling but Buck and the squad leader. They crouched low; both of them were young but their faces looked old with determination and fear. When we hit…
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