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Casualties

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During WWII there were 892 Raiders who gave their lives (KIA-795, DOW-69, MIA-28). Raiders were awarded 2406 Purple Hearts.  There were 255 Raiders who were WIA twice, and 26 were WIA three times.

SITE OF OPERATION WIA KIA DOW MIA
GUADALCANAL: 7 Aug-14 Dec. 172
(2-WIA twice)
72 4 1
TULAGI: 7-1O Aug. 42 53
(2-WIA twice)
32 7
MAKIN ISLAND: 17-18 Aug.42 16 18 12
NEW GEORGIA: 21 Jun-9 Aug.43 315
(2-WIA twice)
120 4 3
KWAJALEIN ATOLL: 1 NOV. 43 2
(1 WIA twice)
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BOUGAINVILLE: 1 Nov. 43-12 Jan. 44 176
(3-WIA twice)
62 5 3
TARAWA: 20-28 Nov.43 2 20 2
NEW BRITAIN: 26 Dec 43-8 April 44 1 1
SAIPAN: 15 Jun.-9Jul.44 1 20
Guam: 21 Jul.-10 Aug 447
(5-WIA twice)
163 18 4
TINIAN: 24 Jul.-1 Aug. 44 2
PELELIU: 15 Sep.12 -Oct. 44 2
IWO JIMA: 19 Feb-Mar. 45 183 56 10 1
OKINAWA: 1 Apr.- 21 Jun. 45 885
(WIA 86 twice-6 three)
214 21
Dates and
locations unknown.

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Unfortunately, we may never know the fate of hundreds of Raiders who were transferred to Marine Corps organizations other than the six Marine Divisions.

Data from microfiche roster of personnel (all services) who died in WWII Compiled by Army Personnel Command, Department. of the Army, May 83.  Casualty dates are not given. Locations are occasionally indicated.

The 6th Marine Division History includes a WIA roster; however, it does not specify in which operation the wound was received Guam or Okinawa. There are153 WlAs in this category and are identified as WIA* on the U.S. Marine Raider roster.

Researched and Compiled by: Jerome J. C. BEAU, Major, USMC (Ret.), 3BK, May94, Revised March 1996.

Beau, J. J. C., The U. S. Marine Raiders of WWII: Those Who Served.

American Historical Foundation, Richmond, Virginia, page 66, 1996.