SANDY BRADFORD BALL
CHARLIE COMPANY MACHINE GUNNER
FEBRUARY 1943 – AUGUST 1945
Sandy Ball served with Company C’s machine gun section from training in New River through the end of the war. He progressed from a private who carried ammunition to a corporal who commanded his own squad. Ball was one of the very few men from his company to survive the entire war without injury.
All images on this page are from the collection of Sandy Ball, and are courtesy of his son Jack Ball.
Sandy cleans a .30 caliber Browning machine gun, probably at Camp Lejeune, 1943.
Members of Sandy’s platoon take a break in the field at Camp Pendleton, 1943.
Members of Sandy’s platoon training in California, 1943.
Thomas Melvin Harris, Robert DeNunzio, and Sandy Ball. DeNunzio was badly wounded on Iwo Jima but survived; Harris was killed.
Private Sandy Ball at Camp Pendleton in 1943.
On liberty in Oceanside, CA. Sandy Ball is second from left.
Sandy and friends enjoying captured Japanese beer after the battle of Tinian. From left: Sandy, Sergeant Wilson Cook, Sergeant Charles Czerweic, Sergeant Michael Murray, and PFC Giuseppe Giambone.
Sandy the “gunslinger” with a private-purchase sidearm.
Company C marines at Camp Maui.
Sandy’s machine gun squad at Camp Maui before the battle of Iwo Jima.
Charlie Company machine gunners at Maui. Sandy Ball is second from left; squatting in front of him is Bill Logan. Henry A. Manzi is standing at right.
Members of the 24th Marines gather for a picture immediately after the battle of Iwo Jima.
Sandy Ball in the spring of 1945. He has survived four campaigns, and is a corporal in command of a squad.
Corporal Ball outside his tent at Camp Maui.
A lot of paperwork comes with the extra stripe and the pay raise. Corporal Ball displays an intimidating number of forms.
Sandy and a friend display a Japanese sword and battle flag – souvenirs of Iwo Jima.
Sandy (in the football uniform) with one of his platoon mates – and future Marine Corps legend – “Iron Mike” Mervosh.
Sandy Ball – the “good looking” one – with other members of his squad at Camp Maui. Mike Mervosh is standing to his right.