A mystery that was decades in the making ended with just one glance. The daughter of the World War II Marine took one look at her computer screen and recognized him. ''Oh, my God, that is my dad,'' said Becky Thursby Cardarella.

She knew right away that the man in the iconic black-and-white photo was her father, Marine Pfc. Gerald Paul Thursby Sr., crouching next to another Marine during the battle of Peleliu on Sept. 15, 1944.

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