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Most of us in the ranks never saw a map of Peleliu except during training on Pavuvu

Most of us in the ranks never saw a map of Peleliu except during training on Pavuvu

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Most of us in the ranks never saw a map of Peleliu except during training on Pavuvu, and had never heard the ridge system referred to by its correct name, Umurbrogol Mountain. We usually referred to the whole ridge system as “Bloody Nose,” “Bloody Nose Ridge,” or simply “the ridges.” Enjoying the comradeship forged by combat, we had the finest New Year's Eve party I've ever attended. p there on the line, with nothing between us and the enemy but space (and precious little of that), we'd forged a bond that time would never erase. We were brothers. I left with a sense of loss and sadness, but K/ 3 5 will always be a part of me. Cristina Ponte Hist 110 4/25/11 With The Old Breed c. long series of tiring exercises (13 “three o’clock in the morning” music – listening to the DIs; “orders under stress often would mean the difference later in combat” – ear training (Japanese infiltrators slipped around at night rifle range training “most effective rifle marksmanshiptraining given to any troops of any nation during WWII ” 2 man teams for dry firing or snapping in proper sight setting, trigger squeeze, calling of shots, use of leather sling as a shooting aid, and other fundamentals( “most of us had problems perfecting the sitting position (which I neer saw used in combat). ” (14) safety discipline was ever present, but the harassment that had been our daily diet gave way to deadly serious, businesslife instruction in markmanship. “by the end of eight grueling weeks, it had become apparent that Coporal Doherty and the other DIs had done their jobs well. We were hard physically, had developed endurance, and had learned our leassons. Perhaps more important, we were mtough mentally.” (15)
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We held numerous landing exercises—several times a week, it seemed—on the beaches and inlets around the island away from camp. We usually practiced from amtracs. The newest model
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