WILLIAM J. DAVIS
ABLE COMPANY CLERK
1943 – 1945
Bill Davis was one of Company A’s clerks. He helped set up the company’s residence at Camp Maui, was wounded in action on Saipan, survived Iwo Jima, and ended the war as a sergeant. Bill’s shots span from training at Camp Pendleton through the end of the war.
All images on this page are courtesy of Les Best, Bill Davis’ son-in-law.
Bill Davis sits for a portrait in 1943 or 1944.
This group of Marines is much happier to be relaxing in the Camp Pendleton pool instead of training in it.
A view of Camp Pendleton, Able Company’s training home for many long months.
An infantry column marches past the barracks at Camp Pendleton.
Hal Fritz, Bill Davis, and Bob Larson goof around for the camera.
Don and Ray – surnames unknown.
This is almost certainly the company carpenter, Raymond Davis. Raymond was hit in the chest by a piece of shell within hours of his first combat landing, but lived until 2009.
An unknown corporal.
Another unidentified Marine at Camp Maui.
“Tojo” originally belonged to a Japanese soldier on Roi-Namur. After the battle, one of the company’s animal lovers (or souvenir hunters) rescued him and smuggled him back to Camp Maui.
Arnold Ross Richardson was killed in action on Saipan. He was part of Phil Wood’s ambushed patrol of July 5, 1944.
The top NCOs of Company A share a beer. Walter Russell and Thomas Drake received commissions in the fall of 1944 and fought through Iwo Jima as second lieutenants; Stephen Vinczi was the senior NCO of the company by the end of the war.
Oscar “Buddy” Hanson would end the war as one of Company A’s most senior enlisted men.
Bill Davis outside the tent where he spent most of his time in camp.
Davis receives the Purple Heart medal for wounds sustained on Saipan. The regiment’s commander, Colonel Walter Jordan, is shaking his hand.
This photo of the company after Iwo Jima was given out to many veterans, but only Davis – a true clerk – typed the names of all the men on the back.
The remnants of Company Headquarters on Maui in 1945.
Bill Davis’ typed key for the preceding picture.