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PFC George R. Weiland - L Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, First Marine Division
KIA 10/4/44 - Peleliu, Palau Islands

PFC Weiland in Marine uniform

PFC Weiland's grave at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines

Decorations earned (L-R): Silver Star, Purple Heart, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WW2 Victory Medal. Ribbon bar (on top) also includes Combat Action Ribbon and Presidential Unit Citation.

PFC Weiland's canteen found on Peleliu and returned to our family by Randy VanDyken on April 4th, 2008 - almost 64 years after it was last used by George. Click on the photo for more about the canteen and its amazing journey home.

From CincPac 7/5/1945

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the SILVER STAR MEDAL posthumously to


for service as set forth in the following


"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with the Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu, Palau Group, 4 October 1944. Courageous and aggressive in the face of terrific fire, Private First Class Weiland rendered valiant service during operations on this strategically important island. While covering the advance of his unit with automatic fire, he maintained his station steadfastly during the increasing fury of the attack and, despite his extremely hazardous position, continued to cover the withdrawal of the wounded until he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. By his self-sacrificing spirit and unwavering devotion to duty, Private First Class Weiland contributed materially to the ultimate success of a vital campaign pointing toward further victories over the Japanese. His bravery and indomitable fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country."

For the President,

James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy

My Family and I would like to thank John Vargas, US Army for his invaluable help in gathering the information and items shown below. Without his help, and the help of another kind soul, we would not have been able to piece together the history of PFC Weiland so quickly.