Casualties

“We heard Tokyo Rose come on the radio on the ships going over, saying we’d probably  take the island, but our shirts would be red before we got through, red with blood,” (John Huffhines, 2005 interview)

 

The cost: U.S. Casualties at Iwo Jima

KIA

WIA

Fatigue

TOTAL

Marines

5,931

17,272

2,648

25,851

Navy Corpsmen

  195

     529

     724

Navy Drs & Dentist

      2

       12

       14

Navy Seabees

    51

     218

     269

Attached Army Units

      9

       28

       37

Navy Ship & Air

  633

  1,158

  1,791

GRAND TOTAL

6,821

 19,217

2,648

 28,686

Marine Combat Casualty Breakdown by Day and Division

KIA or DOW

Wounded

Fatigue

TOTAL

 All Divisions  (Through Suribachi)

 

 

 

 

D-Day Feb 19

566

1,755

99

2,420

Feb 20-24

1,039

3,741

558

5,338

Feb 25-Mar 10 (Up the Middle)

     Fifth Division

1,098

2,974

220

4,292

     Third Division

831

2,241

491

3,563

     Fourth Division

848

2,936

391

4,075

Mar 11-26 (The Mop-Up)

     Fifth Division

638

1,640

122

2,400

     Third Division

207

505

53

765

     Fourth Division

226

442

52

720

Grand Totals

5,453

16,134

1,986

23,573

Approximately 1,275 officers and enlisted men were evacuated sick from their units; approximately 1,075 returned to duty in the target area. Of those permanently evacuated, 125 were classified as combat fatigue and psycho-neurosis cases; the remainder were for severe gastric and respiratory disorders.

Two hundred fifty-eight officers and enlisted men received a second wound; nine received a third wound. Fifty-five of these died as a result of the second or third wound.

Twenty-six officers and enlisted men received injuries, four of whom died, not the direct result of enemy action.

Seventy percent of the battle casualties occurred in the infantry regiments, including their replacements.

(The Spearhead: The World War II History of the 5th Marine Division by Howard Conner)