STORMING THE POINT
A Novel of U.S. Marines On Peleliu

by Dick Damp


On September 15, 1944, the 1st Marine Division stormed the heavily defended Japanese island stronghold of Peleliu in the Southwest Pacific. King Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, was assigned to capture “The Point,” a spit of land that jutted out on the extreme left flank of the landing beach. The Point’s defenders, a reinforced company of elite Japanese soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Regiment, enfiladed the beach and had to be eliminated. The Imperial soldiers were entrenched in concrete pillboxes mounting heavy caliber anti-boat guns and machine gun emplacements protected by scores of riflemen in carefully camouflaged trenches. King Company captured and held “The Point” for two days of unbelievably brutal combat, losing nearly 70 percent of its men . . . 172 out of 250. Storming the Point is a wildly engaging  fictional account of King Company’s September 15–16, 1944, assault and defense of “The Point.”

On September 15, 1944, the 1st Marine Division stormed the heavily defended Japanese island stronghold of Peleliu in the Southwest Pacific. King Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, was assigned to capture “The Point,” a spit of land that jutted out on the extreme left flank of the landing beach. The Point’s defenders, a reinforced company of elite Japanese soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Regiment, enfiladed the beach and had to be eliminated. The Imperial soldiers were entrenched in concrete pillboxes mounting heavy caliber anti-boat guns and machine gun emplacements protected by scores of riflemen in carefully camouflaged trenches. King Company captured and held “The Point” for two days of unbelievably brutal combat, losing nearly 70 percent of its men . . . 172 out of 250. Storming the Point is a wildly engaging  fictional account of King Company’s September 15–16, 1944, assault and defense of “The Point.”