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U.S. Marines make their way upstairs Sept. 20 during an island seizure exercise as part of Valiant Shield 2014. The compound was being held by soldiers with the Guam National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment who were role-playing as the opposing forces. The Marines are with. Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)
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Marines from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Color Guard and police officers from the Palau Police present the organizational colors of MarForPac and the national ensigns of Palau, Japan and the U.S. at the 70th Anniversary Ceremony for the Battle of Peleliu, Sept. 15. Americans, Japanese and local residents were present to recognize the landing that took place 70 years earlier and was known as one of the bloodiest battles Marines had to fight in during their time in the Pacific for World War II.
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A plaque dedicated to the 1st Marine Division sits atop Bloody Nose Ridge at the 1st Marine Division Memorial on the Island of Peleliu, Palau, Sept. 15. This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the landing on Peleliu, in which Marines from the 1st Marine Division fought in and was one of the bloodiest battles during World War II in the Pacific.
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Rear Adm. Babette "Bette" Bolivar, commander of Joint Regions Marianas, and Maj. Gen. Charles L. Hudson, commander of Marine Corps Installations, Pacific salute a wreath presented at the 81st Army Infantry Regiment Memorial, Sept. 15, during a tour of the memorial sites on Peleliu. This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the landing on Peleliu, which turned into the 'bitterest battle for the Marines' during their World War II campaign in the Pacific against the nation of Japan.
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Stefan Mantovani, holds a photo of his father, Sgt. Edgar Mantovani a soldier who was with the 81st Infantry Regiment that fought during the Battle of Peleliu, during the 70th Anniversary ceremony on the Island of Peleliu, Palau, Sept. 15. This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Landing on Peleliu, in which Marines from 1st Marine Division fought in and was one of the bloodiest battles during World War II in the Pacific.
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A former active-duty Marine from the 1st Marine Division observes members of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band practice prior to the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Peleliu ceremony, Sept. 15, on the Island of Peleliu, Palau. The anniversary marks the landing on Peleliu, in which Marines for the 1st Marine Division fought in and was one of the bloodiest battles during World War II in the Pacific. Both citizens and veterans from Japan and the U.S. were present at the ceremony.
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Maj. Gen. Charles L. Hudson, commander of Marine Corps Installations, Pacific gives remarks in front of the 1st Marine Division Memorial, during a tour of memorial sites around the island in honor of the 70th anniversary of the landing on Peleliu, Palau, Sept. 15. The battle following the landing would turn into one of the hardest fought battles for the Marines in the Pacific during World War II.
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PELELIU, Palau - Maj. Gen. Charles L. Hudson, commander of Marine Corps Installations, Pacific addresses local residents of Peleliu, Sept. 15, at the 70th Anniversary Ceremony for the Battle of Peleliu. The landing on Peleliu took place Sept. 15, 1944 and was one of the bloodiest battles Marines took part in during World War II. Residents and local authorities attended, as well as Marines and U.S. government officials to honor the sacrifices made by Marines and sailors during this battle.
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PELELIU, Palau - Kiyokazu Tsuchida, 94, and William Darling, 89, shake hands during a ceremony held in honor of the 70th Anniversary of the landing on Peleliu, Sept 15. Tsuchida was a soldier for Japan and Darling a Marine with the 1st Marine Division during the Battle of Peleliu, a battle that has been said to be the "bitterest battle for the Marines" during World War II.
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Marine Wing Support Squadrons 171 and 172, both currently assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, drill a hole into the ground as part of the M31 Marine Corps expeditionary arresting gear system in preparation for Valiant Shield 2014. Arresting gear is used to stop aircraft quickly in case they land on a short runway or experience an emergency. Valiant Shield is a a U.S. only exercise integrating U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps assets, offering real-world joint operational experience to develop capabilities that provide a full range of options to defend U.S. interests and those of its allies and partners.
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A CH-53E Super Stallion from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, departs the flight deck of the USS San Diego during flight operations as part of  the 11th MEU's WESTPAC 14-2 deployment. The 11th MEU and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/RELEASED)
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U.S. Marines with Company I, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), offload a Humvee from a Landing Craft, Utility belonging to Navy Beach Unit 7, as part of Amphibious Integration Training (AIT) at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, Sept 4, 2014. The Marines, partnered with Amphibious Squadron-11, are conducting AIT aboard the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) in support of the regularly scheduled Fall Patrol ‘14.
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General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi bin Raja Mohamed Noor, left, Malaysian Chief of Army, and Lt. Gen. John Toolan, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, address reporters at a press conference following the closing ceremony of Malaysia-United States Amphibious Exercise 2014 at Kg Tanduo Beach, Malaysia, Sept. 2. MALUS AMPHEX 14 is a bilateral exercise between the 11th MEU and Malaysian Armed Forces that includes operational and tactical level training in planning, command and control, and combat service support using both ground and sea assets. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Rome M. Lazarus/Released)
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A CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 462 maintains an extremely low altitude for a Helicopter Support Team with Combat Logistics Regiment 17 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 21. HMH-462 transported simulated cargo while the HST conducted training that included connecting and disconnecting cargo. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel)
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Sergeant Oscar Mena fires a Mk-19 40mm heavy machine gun during a crew-served weapons familiarization shoot for Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Aug. 20. Live-fire events like this keep the Marines proficient with the weaponry in the battalion. The Marines fired the Mk-19 40mm heavy machine gun, the M240G medium machine gun and the M2 .50 Caliber machine gun. Mena is a machine-gun section leader with Company K, BLT 3/5, 31st MEU, and a native of Anaheim, Calif. The 31st MEU is the force of choice for the Asia-Pacific region and is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU.
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140815-M-LV138-629 MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII – Lt. Gen. Terry Robling, former commander of Marine Forces Pacific, walks of the parade deck with his wife, Cathe, after receiving awards for his 38 years of service during his retirement ceremony Aug. 15, aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Robling was replaced by Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Dietz)
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