Jay De L'Eau
De L'Eau
De L'Eau in Peleliu


Dylan Young


Private First Class, Corporal


Battle of Cape Gloucester

Battle of Peleliu


Deceased as of 1997

Cpl. Jay De L'Eau was a marine in WWII who was in Eugene Sledge's unit in the Battle of Peleliu.


Born on July 29th 1923 in San Bruno California[1], De L'Eau was first encountered in Pavuvu when Sledge, Bill Leyden, and Robert Oswalt arrived at his cabin. When the others, Pfc. Merriel "Snafu" Shelton and Cpl. R.V Burgin refused to give them a bunk, De L'Eau offered to show them around as well as find them a place to stay.


De L'Eau-Airfield

De L'Eau on the airfield

De L'Eau was next seen in Peleliu where his unit landed on the beach and invaded the island. Like Leyden, he did not have a particularly notable role during all this.


In the Airfield assault, De L'Eau was a little more notable as he used a bazooka to help clear out a partially destroyed building shortly after the death of Oswalt. After a night in said destroyed building, he later witnessed Sledge gaining the new nickname "Sledgehammer" which he keeps since.

Bloody Nose RidgeEdit

Sledge and De L'Eau

De L'Eau and Sledge when Burgin announced the death of Captain Haldane

De L'Eau's psychology would later be tested to it's limit at the Bloody Nose Ridge. One night, De L'Eau confides in Sledge his feelings. An attack later begins and ends quickly with none of the Japanese even going near Sledge and De L'Eau. Nonetheless, De L'Eau breaks down into tears with Sledge comforting him.

Later, De L'Eau goes to defecate in a cave and is attacked by two Japanese soldiers, one of whom he kills, and he runs off with his pants still down. The marines take their time to kill the other soldier, much to De L'Eau's chagrin. He also finds out that he "shit [himself]" while he was running, and everyone teases him while he went to get some fresh dungarees (pants).

De L'Eau does not have a particularly unique role afterwards, but it is certain that he was one of the marines mourning the loss of Capt. Andrew Haldane, who the marines respected. He is later seen among the marines leaving Peleliu, and is presumably one of the marines swimming off the shore of Pavuvu.


Old De L'Eau

The real Jay De'Leau as he appeared in his later years

De L'Eau later gives the others bad news, he has been transferred to intelligence, which meant that he would not join the others in Okinawa.

Later LifeEdit

While his final fate was not told by the end of the miniseries, it is known that he became a Corporal at some point during or after the Battle of Okinawa. Jay De L'Eau lived in Redding, California, and married his wife Fran, a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Redding.

Also, in the Profiles of the Pacific: R.V Burgin, there's a picture of De L'Eau, Eugene Sledge and R.V. Burgin at a reunion decades later that tells us that he survived the war.

He died in 1997


  • Jaywithsledge

    The Real Jay De L'Eau and the Real Eugene Sledge

    In the novelized version, only in Okinawa was De L'Eau assigned to fire a bazooka, although he reports to battalion headquarters company commanded by Lt. "Duke" Ellington, Sledge's former platoon leader.

See AlsoEdit

Eugene Sledge

Merriel Shelton

Romus Valton Burgin

Andrew Haldane

Elmo Haney

1st Marine Division

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