- Republic of Palau a republic comprising a group of islands in the W Pacific, in the W Caroline Islands; administratively part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands 1947–87; entered into an agreement of free association with the US (1980); became fully independent in 1994. Chief island: Babelthuap. Capital: Melekeok, on Babelthuap (functions moved from Koror in 2006). Pop: 21 108 (2013 est). Area: 476 sq km (184 sq miles)Former name: Pelew Islands
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Scannon found his calling while on a scuba diving trip to Palau, a group of small islands near Japan.
He interviews families, makes repeated trips to Palau, and places at the forefront of his life a hunt for men he never knew.
No records of them existed, and few accounts existed of the air campaign over Palau at all.
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Otus reached Palau from Asia, possibly by way of the Philippines.
As at the other islands of Micronesia, the starling at Palau is noisy and conspicuous.
Angaur, to the south of Peleliu, may be included with the Palau Archipelago.
As shown in figure 3, the Palau Islands are a chain of islands approximately 120 miles long from north to south.
The population of Gallinula chloropus resident at Palau may also have arrived by this route.