Thought this would interest some folks. This Sherman tank was attempting to extract a Company of Marines out of the Peleliu ridges during an ambush and struck a mine (500lb aerial bomb planted in the ground). The explosion killed everyone but the tank commander who was blown from the turret. In addition, the Marine Company commander, who was trying to direct the tank's fire, was killed in the turret. Several crew burned alive. The tank still rests in the position it was destroyed with a huge blast hole in the bottom. The ammo cooked-off and the tank burned for two days. In 1999 I lead the tank commander back to his tank. A very emotional experience for him. War is hell...