Able

Company A on Tinian, August 5 1944. These are the survivors of the 240 men who began the Marianas campaign six weeks previously. Photo courtesy of George Smith.

“Rugged” Able Company, or “Buck Schechter’s Raggedy-Assed Marines” were formed as part of the First Separate Battalion (Reinforced) in 1942.
Of their original complement, only seven survived the war unwounded.

Roster

View individual biographies of the members of Company A.

Skippers

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Harry D. Reynolds, Jr.
(Acting)
December, 1942 –
January 30, 1943
Irving Schechter
January 30, 1943 –
October 1, 1944
Roy I. Wood, Jr.
(Acting)
October 1, 1944 –
November 13, 1944
William K. Stewart
November 13, 1944 –
February 25, 1945
Killed In Action
Roy I. Wood, Jr.
February 25, 1945 –
August 15, 1945
(excluding 9-18 March)
William A. Eddy, Jr.
August 15, 1945 –
End of War

Casualties

Campaign Landing Strength
(Joined Mid-Battle)
Killed Wounded Sick
(Not Returned)
Total Percent
Namur 192 3 22 0 25 13%
Saipan 232 23 104 7 134 58%
Tinian 145
Joined: 43
9
3
38
5
5
3
52
11
36%
26%
Iwo Jima 220
Joined: 34
35
2
115
16
2
0
152
18
69%
53%

Decorations

Decorations shown were awarded for service with Able Company.
Posthumous awards are noted in italics.
Campaign Navy Cross Silver Star Bronze Star
Namur Arthur B. Ervin
Howard E. Smith
Frank A. Tucker
Harry D. Reynolds, Jr. Michael A. Frihauf
William P. Linkins
Saipan Michael A. Frihauf
Edward J. Horan
Lester C. Kincaid
Alva R. Perry, Jr.
Harry D. Reynolds, Jr.
Edgar W. Collins
Arthur B. Ervin
Kenneth R. Gray
Tommy Lynchard
Clyde F. Mason, Jr.
Robert W. Mason
Lawrence F. Pantlin
Norman Reber
Arnold R. Richardson
Paul J. Rossi
Irving Schechter
David E. Smith
Peteus J. Staeyert
Philip E. Wood, Jr.
Roy I. Wood, Jr.
Maynard S. Worthington
John Yaniga
Tinian Irving Schechter
Cecil R. Tolley
Glenn E. Doster
Edward W. DuBeck
Claude T. Henderson, Jr.
Wallace M. Holt
William P. Linkins
Gust A. Pappas
Charles E. Seader
Randall L. Glawe
Earle D. Tanner
Iwo Jima Howard R. Pratt Joe R. Driskell
Roy I. Wood, Jr.
* Note: Because no comprehensive list of WWII Bronze Star awards is known to exist, this category is incomplete.

22 thoughts on “Able

  1. My Father, Joe Peterpaul, served in Able Co. during WWII. He passed away in 1981. I found a few photos of him on this website – thank you. Anyone have any stories or other photos?

    1. Hi Joe! Thank you for writing. I know at least one veteran who served directly with your father, I’ll ask him if he has any stories.

      I know someone out there has a photo album of Marines from D/24, where your father got his start. Unfortunately, I don’t have copies of those pictures; all I have are online.

      Would you email me at webmaster@ablecompany24.com? I’m more than happy to help search for more stories and information.

      Geoff

  2. I just found my father, Keith William Thomas, here on your website! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am! It seems he was in the Able Company of the 1/24. From his military records, I read that he was a combat infantryman/machine gun squad and that he also had mortar training. He was shot through the left hand by a sniper’s bullet on July 8, 1944 and after initial first aid was sent to AIEA Heights TH, on Oahu, and later to the San Diego Naval Hospital.
    Is it possible that you would have any further information about him and his time with the 1/24th? Is there anyone who served with him that would remember him?
    I will search the photos you have posted here to see if I can spot him, but if you know of any others, I would really love to see them.
    (Sadly, he passed in 1973 in a traffic accident at the young age of 48.)

  3. Thank you so much for putting this together. I just found my grandfather Ernest W. Rollings listed. I have several photos of him and other men on the list I would love to get to you.

  4. I knew my Grandfather, (George W Lindstrom) fought in WWII, in the 4th Marine division. Finding Him on the Able roster has really let me learn and appreciate a little more of Him and what He went through during the war. He passed away in 2004 and never really talked about his time in WWII. Putting all this information together is really important to preserve the rich history and sacrifice all these young men gave us. I’m going to see if I can find his marine graduation photo, I know my Grandmother has kept a lot of stuff pertaining to his time in the Marines. Thank you to the people who have put this together, It means the world to me.

    Lauren Lindstrom

    1. Thanks for writing, Lauren! I haven’t yet come across a picture of your grandfather, so if you can find one, please send it along to webmaster@ablecompany24.com.
      If you like, I can prepare a brief summary of his time in the Marines for you – and if you have any biographical stories your family would care to share about him, I’ll add them to his individual page.

      Best,
      Geoffrey

  5. In searching for information on our Family in Military, A project for my sons Veteran Day Celebration. I found My Great Uncle Jeff Edward Jowers. I wil keep checking back for updated info. My Dad has told me a story of two that was shared with him. I would love to know more Thanks

  6. I wanted to thank you for creating this page. My grandfather, Lionel “Pappy” Salazar, served in the Able Company. (I know this now because of your page, thanks.) I was curious if you could find out or if you know of any other veterans that he served with him. And any other information/stories would be great! He passed away last year and I never asked him about his time in the war. He was a passionate marine and wore a red shirt almost everyday with his USMC belt. I believe he was president of the Eastex Marine Corps in Conroe, Texas for several years. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Sara,

      My father, Robert Tierney served in Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Regiment with your grandfather. When the 4th Marine Division held a reunion in San Antonio I was able to meet your grandfather. My dad passed away in December of 2012. My dad had a camera on Maui and I can see if your grandfather is in any of the photos he took or if my dad mentioned him in any of the writings/oral histories he prepared.

      Mike Tierney

  7. Thank you so much for creating this page. My Papa is in the picture above, Gunnary Sgt. Thomas Drake (far right kneeling). If you have any stories or information, I would love to pass them along to my Dad.

  8. I’m doing some research of my family tree and I learned that my uncle Pfc Leroy John Heath.Killed in Action at Tinian. I don’t have any picture’s of him. I don’t know if there are any pictures or information about him or where I could find other military information other than here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  9. My father was named is Dale Leroy Owings. He had a name changed to Samuel Allan Ford. I’m tring to figure out if there is someone out there who might have know him after the war. I think he did something for the government to get the name change. If you have any information I wound love to know. Thanks nyle ford

  10. ;My cousin, Conway Middleton was from Calvert Texas. Conway was killed in action on Iwo Jima , Feb. 20th 1945. The only information I have is he was a BAR rifle specialist. I am interested if anyone remembered Conway and has any information or stories.

  11. I am so happy I came across this website. My grandfather, Srgt. Charles B. Rogers, Jr. always talked about his experiences of the war to my sisters and I (but I was not aware that he was part of the Able company). He always smiled when he talked about his platoon members and all the things they went through. He passed away in November of 2014. I saw his picture on a google search which brought me here and I am so glad it did. Thank you for putting all this information together for loved ones of these men can find it.

  12. The Tinan photo you have on able company has my Great Uncle Cecil F. Hendershot in the last Row topside far right side showing bandage from wounds received and i sent another picture was wondering if you got it?
    Dale Holley
    New email

  13. Ed Lykins (2nd row 2nd man over from left, with bandage on his shoulder). He showed me this very same photo back in the 80’s when visiting in FL. He was a mortar man. Never talked about it too much but he mentioned all of the campaigns and some memories, some comical, some sad. I knew him through my Mom who was with him since the early 70’s. He sadly passed in the mid 80’s. I forget the exact year. He was a good fellow.

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