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September 28, 2017

 The Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Chester, Pennsylvania launched the Island Mail in 1941. Built to carry 499 passengers, it transported 1,800 men across the western Pacific in August 1944.

The Marines disembarked at Saipan to assist Americans already fighting there.

The sailors proceeded to Peleliu, a tiny coral island, six miles square, located approximately 500 hund...

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