painting, by the famous World War II artist and correspondent, Tom Lea
This painting, by the famous World War II artist and correspondent, Tom Lea, shows the last rites being administered by a chaplain to one of the more than 1,000 U.S. Marines who died on Bliliou. In his book, Peleliu Landing, Lea wrote the following moving account of the scene: "The padre towered over the crouching figures like a plaster saint with canteens and a Bible. Amid the frenzy, the wreakage and snipers' bullets, he looked very lonely, very close to God as he intoned his prayers over the shattered men."