The men of First Battalion went to war well prepared to document their adventures. Many carried personal cameras with them to training to capture as many moments as possible. Cameras were not allowed overseas, but there were ways around the rule – one man from Company A solved the problem by carrying his camera in a gas mask case (long after everyone else had thrown the cases away) and some found time to take pictures on the battlefield. These personal photographs provide unique snapshots of life in the Marine Corps; many have never been published before.

First Battalion Photographs

All photographs either from webmaster’s collection,
or shared with permission of named Marines or their families.

Click on an image to view a gallery.


William J. Davis
Company A
Company clerk, 1943 – 1945.
Bernard C. Elissagaray
Company A
Scenes of life at Camp Maui, on Saipan,
and in US Naval Hospitals
from New Caledonia to California.

Daniel Girdano
Company A
Gung-ho squad photos, souvenir snaps,
and a party to end the war.
Iwo Jima, Camp Maui, and the 6th Service Depot.
The Weapons Platoon
Company A
The original core of the Weapons Platoon,
at New River, Camp Pendleton, and Camp Maui.

Philip E. Wood, Jr.
Company A
Weapons Platoon leader and detailed observer,
killed in action on Saipan.
Richards Parker Lyon
Battalion Surgeon
Little Doc Dick’s life as a combat surgeon,
on Iwo Jima and beyond.

Sandy Bradford Ball
Company C
Gunslinging NCO and Charlie Company
plank owner. 

Edward W. DuBeck
Company D / Company A
A decorated machine gunner’s early life
in the Marine Corps.

John Waytow
HQ Company
A communications expert and pre-war Marine,
killed in action on Saipan.
Benny J. Gilliam
Company C
Charlie Company rifleman
and Iwo Jima survivor.

Francis H. Baranoski
Company A
A late-war replacement serving in Hawaii.
John C. Pope
Company D / Battalion HQ
“The Fifty-Cal Section” in training, in combat,
and on liberty, from 1942 to 1945.
Charles L. Tackett
Company A
A replacement rifleman, wounded on Iwo,
served out the war in Hawaii.
Domenick P. Tutalo
Assault & Demolitions
A flamethrower operator from New Jersey,
served through Iwo without a scratch.
Burness C. Jordan
Company C / Company B
A late-war draftee who left wife,
child, and job to fight on Iwo Jima.
George D. Webster
Company Commander / Battalion Staff
A long-serving officer who fought
in all of the Division’s battles.
Vermoine V. Klauss
A highly-decorated veteran “Doc”
who fought to save lives, not take them.
Joseph M. Hines
Company C
A born entertainer turned rifleman.
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Amos A. Owen
A former electrician who treated the casualties of three campaigns.
Austin R. Brunelli
Battalion Commander
A highly-decorated career Marine who led the battalion in combat.

Other Collections


Training at New River
Louis A. Thibeault
Aviation Quartermaster
Life at Camp Lejeune, 1943.

On the way home. The deck of the aircraft carrier in the background is jammed with servicemen bound for the States at last. Rolling Up
William T. Freeman

4th Motor Transport Battalion
From Camp Pendleton
to Camp Maui.
A marine overlooks a ditch full of dead Japanese troops. Marines In Combat
A collection of professional photos,
sold as souvenirs.
Originally owned by
Bernard Elissagaray.

13 thoughts on “Photos

  1. My dad Frank Celentano was on Roi and awarded the Navy Cross , does anyone here know him , sadly he passed on June 12 th of this year but he was a Marine and will always be proud to be one.
    I would appreciate any info etc .
    Thank You and
    Semper Fi
    Robert E Celentano

    1. Hi Robert – thank you for writing. I’m sorry to hear about your dad’s passing, I’ve read some accounts of his actions during the Kwajalein operation and he was really incredibly brave.

      I’m not currently in touch with any Charlie Company veterans, but there are some out there who may remember your dad. I’d suggest contacting the Fourth Marine Division Association – inform their newsletter and see if you get any responses from there. I was at the 4th Division reunion last year, and they’re still a very tight-knight group of guys.

      Eventually, this site will have biographies of all the Marines listed here – if there is anything you’d like to share on your dad’s page, please contact me at


  2. My grandfather was Clyde William Hunt. I was hoping there was information good or bad. In his papers I see article 10-99(1) for 3 days missing or something. I just want to know what happened.
    Thank you,
    Tanner Hunt

    1. Hi Tanner, nice to hear from you. I don’t have a copy of your grandfather’s service record–could you let me know on which dates in particular he is recorded as missing?
      PFC Hunt transferred out of this battalion on 3 December 1943, after an illness or injury landed him in the hospital (he wound up posted to the garrison of Camp Pendleton for most of 1944, and then with the 5th Service Battalion in 1945) so I haven’t got many details on his service after that time–but send me those dates and I’ll see what I can do.


  3. Hello, my grandfather was Salvador M. Nobile, Jr. The information that I believe to be true is: He was in the Marines U.S.M.C during WWII from 8/26/42 – 1945. He was a Corporal who served in the South Pacific Theatre of Operations and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during combat in Saipan on the Marshall Islands. Any information that you have on him, good, bad, other medals received would be greatly appreciated. My grandfather was a man of honor but never spoke much about the war. Recently I found probably over 100 photos that he took while in Saipan. If you would be interested in them, I’d be happy to share.

  4. My father was Horace Isaac Porter (Sgt)who served in HQ and is listed on your site. He passed away some 13 years ago. I’d be interested in any information you might have. I have a professionally restored photo of him standing in a foxhole with several other marines at Kwajaleen — looks like he’s telling them a joke. I was told the picture made the cover of Stars & Stripes but I never saw the actual publication so that may not be accurate. I was told that to get any more detail I would have to visit the national archives in person.

    Something else I was told by an Aunt which may be mythological…the story goes that the marines attacked some island but had underestimated the Japanese forces there, so they pulled back for a time to get reinforcements. I was told my dad and a couple others were somehow left behind for a couple of weeks before the re-attack and hid out in a foxhole and took turns stealing food from the Japanese. Might be a myth…like many men Dad didn’t talk much about the war. I asked him if had killed anyone when I was a kid and he told me yes, probably 5 or so men.

    W. Spencer Porter

    1. Does anyone remember Harry Gregg.
      “Boots” 1st battalion 24th marines Baker Co.
      I am his grandson and think the world of all you Marines and families.

  5. My father was William D. Masters…I was so thrilled when my cousin Glenna posted the picture of him from the filming of the Guadalcanal Diaries! I recently picked up a couple copies of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, and swear there is a picture of my dad after the bombing. Thank you for your research and keeping the memory of these great Marines alive!

    1. Roberta, My Dad was Emil (Amelio Cassese). My Dad dies in 1972 when we were too young for him to discuss war details. I remember hearing about jumping into a fox whole during the filming of Guadalcanal Diaries..and was told to leave. I have watched that film many times but I can’t pick him out. I was just told about this site. So glad to hear your story. Take care. Carole Cassese Hiller

  6. Does anyone remember my uncle, Frank Uricchio who was a rifleman with C company. He was hit with shrapnel and transported to a ship for care. He died on March 1, 1945. Thank you. Sharyn Cartnick

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