Tue. Nov 19th, 2019

75th anniversary of Battle of Peleliu to be commemorated

The Cleared Ground Demining, a British Non-Government Organization (NGO), found World War 2 grenades on a battle field in Peleliu. (PR/File Photo)

The 75th anniversary of the Battle of Peleliu, the bloody war between the American and Japanese troops during World War 2, is going to be commemorated at the South Dock of Peleliu State on September 28.

Peleliu State Governor Temmy Shmull, in a phone interview, said that the United States Embassy in Palau and the Ministry of State (MOS) are going to organize the event which is expected to be attended by some high-ranking officers of the US military.

Shmull said that the battle of Peleliu, which began on September 15, 1944 and had lasted until November 27, 1944, was significant to the country because it paved way for Palau’s liberation. Prior to the Battle of Peleliu, Japanese troops occupied the country and establish their defenses.

The battle between the two parties led to the deaths of over 10,000 Japanese troops and over 2,300 American troops.

The governor said that the Peleliu community is also going to set up little Barbecue tents as part of the commemoration.

Shmull said that as they looked back to history, the people of Peleliu are happy that the island is now peaceful. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)