Namur has been touched by war and there is nothing tropical or lovely left. It looks as though someone with an imagination of his own had tried to make a Hollywood set for Journey’s End. Namur is a dry, hot, fetid version of the worst section of No Man’s Land that France ever had to offer–no living green thing, blasted tree trunks, huge gaping shell holes–disemboweled trucks, heaps of concrete and lumber that were once fortifications–bodies by the thousands–parts of bodies–so disfigured that they beggar description–horrible.

– 1Lt. Philip E. Wood, Jr.


First Battalion, 24th Marines On Namur
Daily Narrative

Bound For Combat: Not Afraid Of What Is Coming.
February 1: Christ, This Is It.
Night On Namur: Better Not Shoot Me, You Sonuvabitch.
February 2: Like Hunting Rats.
The Occupation: We Had To Bury Those Dead.
The Return: It Is A Sad Voyage Back.

Total Casualties, First Battalion 24th Marines.

(Not Returned)
Total Casualties (Percent Effective)
Able 189 3 23 0 26 (14%)
Baker 192 22 34 1 57 (29%)
Charlie 191 2 11 0 13 (7%)
Dog 204 4 9 1 14 (7%)
(1st JASCO)
4 (5%)
0 (0%)
Medical 33 0 0 0 0 (0%)
Total: 896 34 77 3 114 (13%)

Notes On This Table
Accounts for casualties sustained between February 1 and February 5, 1944, 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.

2 thoughts on “Roi-Namur

  1. A co-worker’s uncle (Frank Rossel) served in this unit in WWII. That’s how I learned of your website. As a Marine (’99-’11, 1371 and 0802) and a historian by education, I wanted to say thank you for the amazing story you have here. The whole website is a wonderful resource, not only to research, but also to remember those who’ve gone before.

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