Iwo Jima

Baker Mortars Possible
Official USMC Photo

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
Daily Narrative

Into The Jaws

Ground Up

The Other Side

February 19: Hell.
February 20: Basin.
February 21: Quarry.
February 22: Thump.
February 23: Hotrocks.
February 24:
February 25: Scout.
February 26: Rest.
February 27: Replacements.
February 28: Return.

March 1: Meatgrinder.
NEW March 2: Fear.
NEW March 3: Attrition.
NEW March 4: Wilderness.
NEW March 5: Regroup.
NEW March 6: Leadership.
NEW March 7: Fate.
NEW March 8: Breakdown.
NEW March 9: Disbanded.

NEW March 10: Relief.
NEW March 11: Bypassed.
March 12: Salvage.
March 13: Intel.
March 14: Recon.
March 15: Standby.
March 16: Cleanup.
March 17: Cordon.
March 18: Departure.

Last updated: 23 February 2020
Last updated: 8 March 2020
Last updated: 11 March 2020


Total Casualties, First Battalion 24th Marines.

(Not Returned)
Total Casualties (Percent Effective)
Able 220 35 115 2 152 (69%)
Baker 214 28 140 1 169 (79%)
Charlie 215 47 112 4 163 (76%)
Headquarters 203 7 33 3 43 (21%)
Corpsmen 39 5 14 0 19 (49%)
Total: 891 122 414 10 546 (61%)
(February 27)
160 24 68 1 93 (58%)
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.

14 thoughts on “Iwo Jima

  1. Thank you for your work on this site.. My father Joseph B Coyle of Jersey City, NJ served as a BAR man on Roi&Namur , Tinian , Saipan and Iwo Jima.. After the war he returned to Jersey City and raised 8 children and 1 step-son.. He worked for Ballantine breweries and Budweiser both in Neeark , NJ. He passed away from cancer October 20th 1982My father never spoke about the war and disliked war movies and would tell my brothers and I that war is nothing like what you see in John Wayne movies.. My father did not have any visible scars other than deformed thumb nails and obvious PTSD. I would like to know more specifics about his platoon / company actions in any of these campaign’s .. I guess I’m trying to find out if there was any significant event that stayed with him all those years.. Also would like to know who served in his fire team and squad…..Respectfully, Michael Coyle

      1. Hi Geoffrey. My name is Nancy Coyle, and I am one of Joseph Coyle’s children. I see that you sent an email to my brother Michael but it doesn’t look like he responded to you. Would you mind sending that email to me too. My email address is: nickyinseattle@yahoo.com

        Thank you very much, and thank you for this site.


  2. Trying to find out about my great uncle Windel L McDonald
    1-24 Charlie co. Killed 11 days before war ended 4th marine division
    1st battalion

  3. hi my name is kristy wallace and I am looking for info on Ivan Wallace. he would be my father in-law but passed away when my husband was 17. as my husband was so young we don’t really know very much about his dad. any thing you can help us with would be wonderful. pleas email me if you can at kristykitten1980@hotmail.com thank you

  4. Hi my name is Eileen “Taylor” Lubow, my father, Burton Pendell (aka Pindal) was on board the LST 812. He died when I was 13, so I don’t know alot and have been trying to narrow down the only thing he shared with me about the war. He showed me his scars on his legs, I think he said one was from a shot and the other might have been shrapnel. He told me that all he remembers is waking up on a beach and someone had bandaged his legs and must have drug him out of the water. He was a Ship fitter on the LST 812 and that’s all I can find. Did the LST 812 get hit? And it might have happened in Okinawa or Iwo Jima, I’m not sure.

    If you have any information, Please let me know, I have been trying to connect the dots for years!!

    Thank you, Eileen

    1. Hi Eileen – I found your father on the rolls of LST 812. It doesn’t mention him being wounded, and I’m still looking for notes of the ship being hit off Iwo Jima. All I’ve found so far is an incident off Okinawa on 15 April 1945. While firing at enemy aircraft, two members of the ship’s company were wounded by falling shrapnel and taken to a hospital ship. However, that doesn’t gel with your father’s memory.

      I will keep searching, but wanted to give you a heads up. You might want to consider getting his service record from the National Archives – that will certainly have more information than any online sources. My personal preference is for http://www.goldenarrowresearch.com.


  5. My name is Sharon Starkey Smith .My daughter,Danna Loyd has been in contact with you for information on my father,LeRoy Starkey.I just want to thank you for all your help and the information you were able to send.

  6. 2Lt. Steven H. Opalenik was my Great Uncle. I appreciate you’re dedication to this site and thank you. My family never spoke about his Military background. My Grandfather didn’t speak about his brother or of his time in the Navy(WW2 Korean) . I wonder if Brothers crossed paths. If he knew Steven was there and if he was one of the ships bringing supplies.

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