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Map may hold key to lost World War II bones at Pacific battle site
Map may hold key to lost World War II bones at Pacific battle site

Opening her laptop, Tomomi Takemoto studies a 70-year-old map of this claw-shaped island, searching for the burial site of her great-uncle, a Japanese infantryman who was killed in one of the Pacific War's bloodiest battles. Faint printing shows what the U.S. Navy considered notable after the ferocious fight in the autumn of 1944: the "1,000 Bed Naval Hospital," the "Aviation Bomb Dump" and headquarters of an Army regiment that fought alongside Marines. Only two words suggest the nearly 11,000 Japanese who fought and died in the bunkers and tunnels that turned Peleliu into a 6-square-mile killing zone for both sides: a patch of ground labeled, in the idiom of the...

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