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Appendix B: Company C's Order of Battle

C-1-23 WWII Battles

Roi-Namur, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands

Location: 2,439 miles West of Pearl Harbor
Battle Date: February 1,1944
Battle Hour: 11:00 AM
Company C Casualties
KIA/DOW: 0
WIA: 0
Result: Secured February 2, 1944.

Saipan, Marianas Islands

Location:
3,715 miles from Pearl Harbor
1,485 miles from Tokyo
Battle Date: June 15,1944
Battle Hour: 8:40 AM
Company C Casualties
KIA/DOW: 29
WIA: 111
Result: Secured July 9, 1944.

Tinian, Marianas Islands

Location:
3 miles from Saipan
Battle Date: July 24,1944
Battle Hour: 7:40 AM
Company C Casualties
KIA/DOW: 2
WIA: 6
Result: Secured August 1, 1944.

Iwo Jima, Bonin Islands

Location:
3,791 miles from Pearl Harbor
758 miles from Tokyo
727 miles from Saipan
Battle Date: February 19, 1945
Battle Hour: 9:00 AM
Company C Casualties
KIA/DOW: 49
WIA: 130
Result: Secured March 16, 1945. These islands were declared "secure" when the Senior Commander determined that organized resistance had ceased. Those who were still there after an island was "secured" will testify it could still be a very dangerous place.

Notes

Total casualties for Company C were 80 killed and 247 wounded for a total of 327.

Our research has produced a list of 609 who served in Company C for some period of time between January 1944 when we left the USA until the war was over in September 1945. 114 of those members joined after Iwo was secured leaving 495 that may have been subject to becoming battlefield casualties.

Leaving Roi-Namur aside, where the Company suffered no casualties, the company spent 60 days on unsecured battlefields, 25 days on Saipan, 9 days on Tinian and 26 days on Iwo Jima. The time on these battlefields occurred between June 15, 1944 and March 16, 1945, a period of nine months.

At that time, I believe, the authorized strength of a rifle company was about 210.

Any way you look at it, the casualty rate was very high.