ARMY & NAVY: Bushwhackers


One midnight last week two native boys finished work at Peleliu's naval compound, started home through the jungle. As they swung into the trail through the mangroves, prowlers jumped them. They dived for cover, with bullets zipping overhead. Next day they reported to the commander of Peleliu's tiny naval and Marine detachment that their attackers were Japanese guerrillas.

For weeks the U.S. garrison had seen signs of resurgent Jap activity. A raft loaded with stolen Marine rations was discovered floating in Peleliu's lowland swamps. Then a Marine sentry fired on a band looting a warehouse of captured Japanese weapons, was...

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