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Does anyone have a clear copy of the group photo of the K/3/5 Peleliu survivors. A friend of mine Ken "Doc" Casswell is in the photo he is the one in the sun glasses and sailors cap. The photo in Sledge's book With The Old Breed is very blurred
 

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Thank's Rob. I don't know what happened but I logged on and got in today. By the way you know the photo I am talikng about don't you ? I was just wondering if anyone had a clearer photo they might post.
 

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I searched and found the photo on Google Images. Type in Company K 3rd Battalion 5th Marines Sledge. This company is still active by the way.

John in Charlotte, NC
 

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Yes, I have a huge enlargement of that picture that James Anderson gave to me. He was Capt. Haldane's runner on Peleliu. As a matter of fact, have two of them but think one is smaller and one poster-size. Will post soon.

-Eric
 

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By the way you know the photo I am talikng about don't you ? I was just wondering if anyone had a clearer photo they might post.
I've probably seen the photo. I have an old paperback copy of "The Old Breed" out in the garage, somewhere.
 

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Hi Eric,

Found this website by chance due to the discussion regarding K/3/5 and Peleliu survivors. My Uncle was in K/3/5 (though he came in on DDay in an LVTA1 tied to the 3rd Armored Amphibious, C Company and knew EB Sledge on Peleliu, Okinawa and in China. Was wondering if you can upload that survivor photo as it appears not to be on this page anymore.

Thanks much!

Garrick Rodemeyer
 

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Hi Garrick,

For clarification, was your uncle in the 3d Armoured Amphib Tank Bn? I assume you are referring to the "LVTA1" as the armoured amphib tank with 37mm cannon as there were no LVTA1 troop carriers during the Peleliu landing. They were mostly comprised of LVT-2's and 4's, with rear ramp. Yes, would gladly send you a copy of the pic. I was given a poster-sized print by a former member of K-3-5. Just PM me for a better image or can post here. Is your uncle in the photo?

Thanks, Eric
 

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Thanks Eric!
I tried to PM you but got an error message telling me you do not accept PMs or there are access problems.

Yes, he was originally attached to the tank battalion and was the LVT-A1. He landed at Orange Beach (not sure which number but probably two) and said he and the LVTs crew were the first ones to make it to the airstrip unhindered. Unfortunately he died this January and like so many other combat Marines he didn't talk much about what happened. Found out just after his death his LVT suffered a direct hit and two of the crew were severely injured (one lost a hand the other a leg not sure if all five of the crew were on board or not but the three of them got together once a year to have a drink until they got too old). From the accounts my Aunt overheard he got the Amtank running and took the two wounded back to the beach where they both were sent back to the hospital ship, then he drove back to the fighting. From what I've been able to piece together he was attached to K/3/5 after the airstrip was taken (of course the high ground still was in the hands of the Japanese).
Not sure if he is in the picture or not as radiomen were in high demand. He did not get to see Bob Hope on Pavuvu either but did not go into any details as to why. I know he refused to watch The Pacific series, said he just couldn't do it. .

Thanks again!

Garrick
 

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Thanks, Garrick. I have the official 3d Armoured Amphib Tank Bn's action report for Peleliu. Do you know what company your uncle was assigned? In 2004 I took a former driver back to his amphib tank that is still on Peleliu. There is also a destroyed sherman tank lying on its side and I escorted the tank commander back to Peleliu to see his old tank (5 perished after the tank hit a mine) but that's another story.

Will post that pic for you, Eric
 

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Thanks Eric!
I have seen quite a few pics of that tank. I ask Uncle Jim the number of his LVT but he just laughed. Not sure if he couldn't remember or felt it was something best left unsaid (he had a pretty good memory so probably the latter with me being a civilian and all).
Wish I would have found you prior to his death! Being a military history buff, I was heading to the South Pacific to hit Peleliu, Saipan/Tinian, Guam and, hopefully Tarawa a little over ten years ago but due to circumstances. (moved to Belize ten years ago) things just got put off.
He was in C Co. Third Armored Amphibian Bn. James Q. Rodemeyer.
Thanks for doing that for them. My Uncle wouldn't go when I told him I may be heading there but he did open up and let me know where he landed on DDay and where he was in relation to the airfield runway when he cleared what was left of the jungle. He talked my Dad out of joining the Marines when Korea hit, may be saving his life. Dad ended up being a number 3 engine mechanic on Okinawa in the 20th AF for the B29 squadron there (30th Bombardment). He has alot of his brothers notes about the battle there and where he was all the way to Shuri. Dad walked a lot of the area and spent a lot of time in the old aircraft boneyard scavenging parts for the B29s. Quite a few pics from 1951 of the area. . .
Looks like maybe next year for Peleliu and the South Pacific. An Iraqi Marine friend and I (and our wives but will see as they are not sailors, yet) are looking at sailing it.
I really appreciate your time and keeping these documents!

Garrick
 

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Hi Garrick,

Here ya go. I doubt that your uncle is in this photo as it's the remnants of K Co, 5th Marines, which started out with about 250 men. Several names are listed.

Also, I found your father's name in Larry Woodard's book about the 3d Armoured Amphibian Tractor Battalion on Peleliu and Okinawa "Before the First Wave". He was indeed in C Company but, according to the official action report for Peleliu, there was only one LVT(A)1 in the company and that was a HQ's tank. The rest were the newer model LVT(A)4's with 75mm howitzer. C Company landed on Orange Beach Two, same beach as K-3-5. On Oct 4th, the members of the battalion were organized as infantry and sent to the front lines.

Hope this helps, Eric
 

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Thanks Eric,

Good to know, I apparently misunderstood his account of the LVT.

Thanks for the information and picture (didn't see him in there). Also thanks for the book by Woodard, do not have that one in my library!

Garrick
 

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this is one of the most awesome threads i've read in a while. i have a pretty large library of pacific theater war stories and will be adding "before the first wave" asap. i'm planning on going to palau this year to go diving with some friends and will probably be staying on peleliu at the dolphin resort after reading commandants threads. it seems like a nice place and the owners were very responsive to my emails.
 

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this is one of the most awesome threads i've read in a while. i have a pretty large library of pacific theater war stories and will be adding "before the first wave" asap. i'm planning on going to palau this year to go diving with some friends and will probably be staying on peleliu at the dolphin resort after reading commandants threads. it seems like a nice place and the owners were very responsive to my emails.
Yes, Godwin and Miyuni (sp?) are good people. I know of many phenominal sites on Peleliu and currently working on a survey of all the known WWII sites on Peleliu, as I've been researching them for 30 years. Let me know if you need any assistance.

-Eric
 
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