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Two American Marines, Douglas Lightheart and Gerald Thursby, resting during Battle of Peleliu in the Palau Islands, 15 Sep 1944

Caption   Two American Marines, Douglas Lightheart and Gerald Thursby, resting during Battle of Peleliu in the Palau Islands, 15 Sep 1944 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   127-N-97628
More on...   
Palau Islands and Ulithi Islands Campaigns   Main article  Photos  Maps  
Photos on Same Day 15 Sep 1944
Photos at Same Place Peleliu, Palau, Caroline Islands
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 7 Sep 2006

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1. Anonymous says:
24 Nov 2010 08:06:40 AM

WOW All these years this world famous photo is my Uncle GERALD THURSBY (NOT)
Gerald Churchby. He has 5 surviving children many grandchild and great grand childrens from Geneva Ohio to Texas To Minnesotta to Michigan to Ellot Ohiio Brother in law and sister in law in Ravenna Ohio WOW the archives need to be changed. Thanks his Niece Lynda Lamp Streetsboro Ohio
2. Kitty L. (Thursby) Reese says:
24 Nov 2010 11:25:47 AM

How exciting it was to be notified of this picture of my father! It truely is an honor to him as well as our family to know he has been colebrated all these years BUT do wish he is recognized under his own name as GERALD PAUL THURSBY. If it is possible to correct this error please let us know the proper action to take. Than k you again for bring this to our attention
3. Jeff Surles says:
25 Jan 2012 03:43:53 AM

Yes, here is a story about the identity mystery solved:


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WW2-Era Place Name Peleliu, Palau, Caroline Islands
Lat/Long 7.0167, 134.2500
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