One day I got 9 new men for my 13-man squad. These were young guys with no combat training and looked as if they had just got out of boot camp. The first morning I got them I found them all in a hole together. I chewed them out and told them never to bunch up again. One of them apologized to me and said they were just praying together before we had to saddle up. I never learned their names but all of them were killed or wounded before the day was over.
This was the way it was every day. Collecting dog tags of kids who followed you but you never knew their names.
– Alva Perry, Company A, 24th Marines
First Battalion, 24th Marines on Iwo Jima
Into The Jaws
The Other Side
February 19: Hell.
March 1: Meatgrinder.
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Total Casualties, First Battalion 24th Marines.
|Total Casualties (Percent Effective)|
|Grand Total:||1,051||146||482||11||639 (61%)|
Notes On This Table
Accounts for casualties sustained between February 19 and March 17, 1945, based on muster rolls for the battalion.
WIA: any wound caused by enemy action, qualifying for a Purple Heart.
Does not count multiple wounds suffered by individuals.
“Sick, Not Returned”: physical ailments not qualifying for a Purple Heart, that resulted in a Marine’s evacuation through March 17.
Does not count Marines so evacuated who returned to duty on or before March 17.