November 12, 2005
Lying in terror looking longingly up the slope to better cover, I saw a wounded man near me, staggering in the direction of the LVTs. His face was half bloody pulp and the mangled shreds of what was left of an arm hung down like a stick, as he bent over in the stumbling, shock-crazy walk. The half of his face that was still human had the most terrifying look of abject patiences I have ever seen. He fell behind me, in a red puddle on the white sand.
Sundown at Peleliu: Sick Bay in a Shellhole. The Padre Read, 'I am the resurrection and the Light'
The padre stood by with two canteens and a Bible, helping. He was deeply moved by the patient suffering and death. He looked very lonely, very close to God, as he bent over the shattered men so far from home. Corpsmen put a poncho, a shirt, a rag, anything handy, over the grey faces of the dead and carried them to a line on the beach to await the digging of graves.
2000 Yard Stare: Down from Bloody Ridge Too Late. He's Finished—Washed Up—Gone
As we passed sick bay, still in the shell hole, it was crowded with wounded, and somehow hushed in the evening light. I noticed a tattered Marine standing quietly by a corpsman, staring stiffly at nothing. His mind had crumbled in battle, his jaw hung, and his eyes were like two black empty holes in his head. Down by the beach again, we walked silently as we passed the long line of dead Marines under the tarpaulins.
Update 11/14: Added Lea's image inscriptions as found here.
"George Bush, Art Lover (Veterans Day Weekend Edition)"
Posted by Dan at 05:04 PM
Adair Margo Gallery—Tom Lea Estate
Harry Ransom Center: The Tom Lea Collection
Iconoduel: All-Time National Medal of Arts Awardees
Iconoduel: George Bush, Art Lover
National Parks Service: Peleliu Report—Tom Lea: 2000 Yard Stare
National Parks Service: Peleliu Report—Tom Lea: Sundown at Peleliu
Peleliu Island Sept 15 1944—Peleliu Art by Tom Lea
They Drew Fire—Tom Lea: The Price