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Marines Gerald P. Thursby and Douglas D. Lightheart Smoke During Battle of Peleliu

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1st Marine Division Private First Class Gerald P. Thursby (December 9, 1920 – July 19, 1999) of Akron, Ohio and Private First Class Douglas D. Lightheart (September 13, 1920 – November 10, 2006) of Jackson, Michigan, enjoy a cigarette during the initial hours of the landings on Peleliu behind White Beach Two. LVT(A)1 Amtrac A-5 of theThird Amphibious Tractor Battalion‘s A Company has bellied up against a log; eventually this Amtrac would later reach the airfield. Lightheart, a veteran of Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester attached to the Seventh Marine Regiment, landed in the First Marines area and after encountering dead Marines on the beach, he saw his Amtrac‘s tailgate blow thirty feet into the air from a mortar hit. Lightheart had stopped for a smoke when Thursby arrived; Marine photographer Sergeant Henry H. Clements (September 2, 1923 – March 31, 1969) asked to take their photograph. None of the men knew each other, and they would never speak again. Lightheart would be wounded in the head and face a day later. Clements was wounded during the war as well. Thursby, a veteran of Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester, survived the battle unscathed. Lightheart was a postal worker after the war and Thursby painted advertising signs before working at Wilkinson Sheet Metal in Akron.
Image Filename wwii1430.jpg
Image Size 3.80 MB
Image Dimensions 2912 x 2344
Photographer Clements, Harry H.
Photographer Title Sargeant, United States Marine Corps
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed September 15, 1944
City White Beach Two
State or Province Peleliu
Country Palau Islands
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
Record Number NWDNS-127-N-97628
Status Caption ©2010, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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