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Cpl. Lewis K. Bausell, USMC & 1st Lt. Carlton R. Rouh, USMCR (September 15, 1944)

On September 15, 1944, the United States Marine Corps1st Marine Division began the assault on the island of Peleliu. Peleliu was identified as a necessary target to seize as both flank protection and staging area for later attacks on the Philippines and on to Japan.

Two Marines – both from the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment – received the Medal of Honor for their heroism on the first day of the assault. Both were awarded because the Marines smothered grenade blasts with their bodies.

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