PELELIU ISLAND, September 15, 1944.
The first wave of Marines of the 1st Marine Division and soldiers of the 81st Infantry Division hit the beach at the Japanese held island of Peleliu at 0700 hours. Pfc. Tommy Williamson of the 1st Marines came in just a half hour later with the second wave. He stated, “All I could see were dead bodies of my buddies floating in the surf and more bodies all over the beach. I knew we were in for it.”