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Oral History Interview: Sam Weldon of Urbana

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Sam Weldon grew up in Champaign, Ill., a Midwestern college town. He was drafted and became a member of the 4th Marines Division at 18. Following a shortened training session, he and his fellow Marines were put on ships and sent to the Pacific. He was part of the second wave to land on Iwo Jima. His stories of the days and nights of battles there are amazing and touching and very human. He became a Corporal when the officers ranked above him were killed. Weldon talks about friendships made and friends lost and those who survived during the fights on Iwo Jima and afterward. His stories of being discharged and celebrating in Chicago add another picture. Looking back over it all, he can still say he would do it all again.

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    hi this is an interview with
    view with Sam welding on October 8th 2007
    7 Studio X Campbell Hall Urbana the video auger for
    prefer is Jack work and I’m Nancy Rothwell

    okay Sam now you get to tell us where your from

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    I was born in Champaign Champaign County in 1925
    5 and how in the world did you end up in ww2
    well one day I was walking down on West church
    Church Street by my church and it was so late
    winter day I was going to do u of Ohio walk down to
    how did the Springer building which was our post office and there was a sign
    Henry’s blowin and it says there was a picture of a guy says

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    I need you and then the next sign with a picture of them
    Marine on a desert island with three beautiful ladies
    and I thought that’s for me and the old for you at that
    that’s waiting so you enlisted or you were drafted worst draft
    drafted I I wanted to wanted to go in but my father
    father had a friend on the draft board when I was 18 in October
    he says tell him to stay in school cuz he’s going to be gone by the last part of

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    December resin to have family argument I stayed but then when I
    then when I got up in Chicago where they give you the exam you have to ask for it
    fart then it got so bad later on
    they just grabbed anybody they couldn’t get enough enough menu so you
    so you ask for a particularly the outside part of the Sun which wine is up
    which line is the marine line is sergeant there right there son
    okay so you went in you in Indian

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    23 what year did you go in that was
    that was not out of the exam was in December of
    43 okay and then they sent you back home
    and called you back and you got on a training
    ship to California trip train around was read your passenger train
    you had a nice bump start interesting I never been a long distance
    long distance train like that but I found out later

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    the first there’s a lot longer places on map so
    so when did you decide which which phone service you went in that was
    that was 18 in Chicago or lighten up there yes I
    yes I wanted to go in but I just couldn’t get in because of my father but that’s neither nor get up there
    it up there in about Eric took the exam physical and then they sent us back home
    home and then we had a bit of Chicago on it they send you your ticket
    you had to be there certain day and we boarded up a troop train

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    Chuckie all the way to San Diego and I think that was
    free nights in 2 days it was a long trip
    Rosanna sleeper those nights that reunite the federal when your. We got into
    down to San Diego they have to pay back to train into the Marine Corps Base
    and here’s a bunch of guys civilian no idea
    hey I’m the man in charge of the US is a sergeant they woke him up
    I came up that wasn’t very good you got into her for clock

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    and you got up at 5 o’clock 1 hour sleep and then you have to take all these
    College tests to have to sit down ass and pussy at the doctor and they give you all your clothes
    closing and cut your hair off it was quite a busy time
    and that is that where you had training that was that we had
    order the Marine Corps training was 12 weeks
    weeks but because the need for Marines in the Pacific I cut it down
    down 28 weeks and then after you

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    Hatcher 8 weeks you might have got chance to go home for short hair
    short period of time or or go get some advanced training so my
    next training place whats up north of a waste of San Diego skull camp LA
    but we get up there we found out that though the Navy
    the Navy was taken over the base and they didn’t want to surround
    call home and get some money and go back to Champaign and so I did
    why did I don’t like come back way we move from Camp Elliott

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    up to the
    Camp Pendleton monstrosity marine cap on
    unbitten if you could take Senate bill 20 times of butter miles and miles

    number one Marine Corps Base on the west coast there and we had death
    so we got their wish everything was this is war
    is war time there was Arkansas setup and

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    there was dust on the floor that deep
    a walk through the desk and chair seabags University back a cape on your clothes around there
    an electron and I ask the surgeon where did you get your water
    get your water right up there on top of the mountain
    how do you get water from the mountain Jesus that’s melted Canyon
    so when you talk about when you take a shower
    you pull the car and this melted candle work

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    are come down and stepped out the soaped up and then jump everybody screamed at once
    Cole all it was a coldest water I’ve ever had so we stayed there for
    there are 48 weeks and then they shut us out we went down
    1002 Long Beach crip s*** and
    what to Pearl Harbor and we landed in Pearl Harbor
    some trucks arrived and took last place called a trance
    Transfer Center little did I know what am I all the everybody

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    upon request into the other guy was R week or ten days and I put a sign real small
    small ship and they have no idea where we’re going was it called the
    the landing craft empty and I got out and I can look around and I could see almost
    although all the Hawaiian Islands miles and miles away and they pull
    they pulled out an extra smiley and the rain cap in Maui
    what’s located at the top of a of a flat to a plateau

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    work had had a volcano that was in inactive
    active and that you had a lot of nice dance a lot of nice Cole
    ice cold water and you have a dad dehydrated potatoes
    powdered milk but here I am rain on your own efforts R&S away
    you can’t do anything about it so how long were you there well
    well I got there in June
    1945 and I was there June July October

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    sober November December and in December I told her
    they told us we were stepping out and we closed our tense up and roll R Way
    we have cots with strapon for all accounts and death they said that
    Wiki Charlie breakfast and truck lock in the morning when you’re gone
    you got out trucks are going to come and get you so we shipped out kami Garcia
    clock in the morning we got down to the dock and we waited till
    11 o’clock in the morning for the ship

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    the young man who tried to doctors a very small dock in my life he couldn’t.
    Dr schep show they had to go find some Hawaiian food who was up
    harbor master could fart this trip you put out there know that so I think we got over
    tamale rr2 excuse me Pearl Harbor
    about 3 o’clock in the afternoon we got up at 2 o’clock to call at time to get over there
    there’s always some snaps it was and then we got all that s*** and we gotta

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    we got on NLST there’s a hole for a Dell St serf out
    little cargo ship by the big is a football field and everything
    every company was a sign a ship and while we were there
    they were working on some of these ships and somebody was work
    it was work on that ship with dynamite ass with a torch
    we heard a big explosion and we looked down and there’s a lot of Marines died in the war
    the ship was on earth so hot

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    before we shipped out they had to get another step because that wasn’t it out a fire and it was
    seaworthy so we took off and they sell out
    LSTs the speed of an LST it is about 3 or 4 miles an hour
    what are 250 Marines out of the officers and the crew
    and the crew of LSD was all it and so we started wale have any of the other
    the other Marines in the Pacific because we could make that time we were escorted with F
    outer mid Pacific we were guarded with destroyers and Deuce bar escorts escorts Reno

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    never saw on a submarine and I’m finally some other ones submarines John
    join the staff report Ventura the Marshall Islands most beautiful woman
    water you ever want to see gorgeous and they put the front of the ramp down
    down in the ELA state and all the men have a swim no bathing suits
    and that was for some of those men that was there last swim because they didn’t make
    can make it through the battle so after we got our swam I will wait for them
    we went down to the earth we went down to the Mariana Islands that was caught him Saipan

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    and we anchored in Saipan and we lost our fireplace
    are places to sleep some marine amphibious
    deadliest tanks that will take us into the battle they back them up and they’re so
    from I guess we’re four days we had to sleep on
    Avon on the metal deck there was no place else to sleep in your head on for a battle where
    where party where was the battle going to be well after we left
    the Marianas that was Saipan about 3 or 4 days

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    one morning I can hear about you and a bunch of explosions and I have
    I woke up at 2 in the morning and let it begin to get light I looked out
    and I couldn’t believe what I saw and I called my friend I woke him up
    there was 800 North Thousand army vessels
    battleships and cruisers and gun motrin and they are all the shooting had been
    it been shell on this island for maybe 72 hours
    and they have been ballin the island for babies of the Sierra

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    Air Force is Ben Whiteman Air Corps been vomiting Allen for maybe 72 days
    but unfortunately we don’t know what’s in the intelligence then
    but the Japanese had Turtle Island
    about 10 miles of tunnels and caves and
    the general
    was on the Japanese general had made up his mind
    that in all the previous battles with the Americans that Dayman

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    they met you at the end when you get out your boat that mention right away which Elsinore to heal
    he was going to let a man so he left the first wave then come in and they had all of them all
    aller weapons worth sprint sent a letter do I set the mortars fire
    wild at heart rate so we get in there and the first way we can hear the radio,
    very light resistance and that didn’t sound right to me or any of the other guys
    so amphibious tactics on the beach about 30 yards
    drop the ramp in the back we ran around both sides and I guess we’re out

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    we ran 15 yards in them the first shall hear
    well all I can remember is I’m going up in the air
    and a terrible pain in my ear concussion after office
    off of a shell and I got up and my hands and knees like somebody hit me in the jaw
    the jaw and I also my friend and there was my best friend land there
    so we want her to him I couldn’t I couldn’t say I will and I couldn’t say blah
    a blood and then about the time is going to roll them over

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    beachmaster who were some major get off the page get off the beach get up there
    kill your hair get in there underneath the shelf so we took his weapon
    around him and I grabbed that a friend of mine who was he was a cook
    but the cooks became an admonition carrier in battle
    so we ran away and I found a great big shell holder chart in here and weep
    and we drove down a nutshell the beginning of the first days in the battle
    everything doesn’t go right it’s not like a basketball or football game everything goes

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    so we got an a****** and we face what we thought was the front line
    and pretty soon within an hour to here come our tanks
    and there was a really a brave marine leaving the times he was God needs tank

    tank after the show is done I can’t get out so pretty soon the first time master
    hit a place where they couldn’t go any further and Aaron Harrison
    there’s this line of tanks and Prince and Mayte the Japanese began to shoot

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    shoot the tax they knock one tank to tank 32 X & I mean bull not safe
    and we’re down in the salt like this and everything this mission the tank is going on
    the other side the whole like shake my friends look at this steel was just raining
    and thus tennis ball cannon - you can believe that
    he left and he went like this you’re trying to get yourself a hole you can’t
    you can’t you can’t go any deeper and pretty soon young fella jumps in after that
    shelling stopped briefly he said you gotta help me I said what’s the matter

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    I got my lieutenant is wounded badly in a tank can I
    and I can’t get him out what the f*** go down to the beach and get yourself a cup
    cupola Carmen I said we got chewed out for for trying to help my friend
    so he took off and I don’t know whatever happened prettiest of the pretty
    what land air and the most time of the shelling stopped just begun
    can submit afternoon we go in at 9:30 or 10 o’clock and
    I say they say Berlusconi are tracer bullets ever saw

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    soft pastels this tells the who are aspiring wurst bar Fargo
    how come to find out whether or not the front line for bass
    behind us we’re laying out for the night between our our lives and the Japanese
    but I guess we weren’t the only one so I said 40
    we gotta get up out of here we can’t stay any longer so we got up we had a
    like I died I had a mortar and he has some rounds and I had my rifle and yet it’s so we start I don’t have
    don’t highway that we finally found the company about 3:30 in the afternoon

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    add everybody was glad to see everybody else and a half
    my friend was a radio operator had a great day
    radio on its back with a big ant antennae and he says I just got a call
    call from the crow that’s what happened he says he wonder
    talk to the company commander and I told him that company commander had been wounded
    and was evacuated and he says what does let me talk to NE
    any company officer sir we don’t have any officers are all dead or what

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    what would an evacuated who who who’s running the company the top
    top sergeant forever but who’s running the patroon the sergeants
    office he gulped he said here I got the limitations
    what’s your name sir my name is Caister yeah I know your case I remember
    firmer breast inspection he said please don’t get me wrong
    you’re my only only contact with the company but they won’t let him
    24 hours he said I want you do you know when

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    front lines are no but I’ll find them curl it should you go up there and tell
    I tell Amanda to make a skirmish line after line like there One Ring one
    facing the enemy he says and then right before it starts diggin
    again and when your day can expect on a night attack that’s what Japanese
    Japanese like to do they like to attack us a dark so right before Darfuri Austin
    we dug in I was the last guy on the skirmish line so I got my little
    shovel Knight was taken and often punk rock

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    where I had to sleep there was volcanic rock and said I had one life
    soft place to sleep so I thought well there rednecks choice to go to sleep prayer
    so I want to sleep like this maybe about all I suppose 930
    3410 o’clock but before they did that the sergeant got into a plastic
    rustic bag in the other pen light and they called he went through the roll call
    call 250 names and one of the first names you call
    call Dennis Nichols I said he’s dead how do you know he’s dead

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    because it got his face blown off sergeant it come down and got all
    all the names in an Asian boys were a lot of trouble we have
    99 man left out of 250
    not not always dead but they were if they were dead they were wrong and out on
    Altoona hospital ship so we dug in and then
    we didn’t have any attacks the first night sorry set
    they decided they were just going to stay at the same place yesterday gana until we get Maybelline

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    able to get some more replacement then say so we stayed there two or three days we didn’t move very far
    very far and we got some replacements and there are young guys
    guys like us and they had Never Summer Madness verb ends in c**
    combat someone had never even been out of an office that’s when we ride lady
    lady bridge replaced all. The mail store in the off the office job
    Brantley needs brains badly to fight so I got there
    three sergeants in my school hard pipe first class

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    but there was no problem they wanted to stay alive so they come
    they come back about the third day or fourth day and it says
    we’re going to move up in the morning so be ready at the crack of dawn so
    at the crack of dawn or artillery starts firing bad ass
    really fired fired a lot of rounds and then after women
    Dark Tower is done you get up and you can go talk to Japanese Lite and we’re meant
    very very stiff resistance and throat

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    I don’t suppose we let die few days a few hundred yards
    I had the third day add a gun to get dark in
    since we don’t have enough men behold the front lines
    el company is going to come and hear you guys just start moving back where we move
    remove back to the rare which was made at 30 or 40 off
    40 yards and we just got satellite boy at least I get some rest tonight album
    set the same thing on her district why don’t take your squad and

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    and go back to the front line L company does not have enough men to cover their lines
    they had casualties band also so
    o I took my one guy with me like the rest of my hands
    I have to stay back there and we went up and we were with some range we didn’t know
    and was a rather large baked whole may be about this deep
    and I just took 4 hours and you could say that actually say
    police say the enemy is there but they dont shoot at them

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    unless they share that because you don’t that they’ll be able to take until where we are
    so we stayed up there and I only had a brain with me who I didn’t know
    and I actually believed him when he was sort of afraid
    I start my washing I said the frog
    it’s time to come out and stick watch take my washing didn’t count my money backwards
    and I’m not proud of it about the third time around
    I been on watch my shaft and Onir Hilson I just I just took my

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    just took my rifle and like this today snow
    you’re coming out to watch it says my life is just as good as your
    so I made him go on watch and the other two Marines who have been in there an hour
    fortune setting up with me I should grow your friend she was shakin all over
    over heat he never want to come out must you force them to come out
    and it made me feel bad but later on in 1946 I would live in a pond
    7up on north part of champagne I went home on Saturday afternoon after work

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    Mr struck set nurses Iowa
    I don’t know I buy for Iowa and I want around the car my house there was a guy
    the same guy at my wife when I put him up we fed them he never met
    imagine what happened and I never mention what happened because that was a baller
    all of time my date for this is 40 sex and a law
    a lot of a lot a lot of guys died
    it was so bad that death the band

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    where’s the burial detail and I got so many dead Marines they could not
    did not pick them up by hand yarn carrying with a stretcher they got trucks
    when driving the truck one guy up on top of that on top of the
    top of the body’s two guys picture no body said it was a health
    it was a health hazard you can leave a body like that no way
    the plains of gold and I spray DDT all that stuff to keep the disease that was a
    that was a terrible job but they game they drove them back bulldozer made an ice pack

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    my spouse out there was a rabbi and a priest and a Protestant minister they rap
    they wrap them in a poncho I took their dog Tek one dog to a god and
    set a nice prayer and the boulders or come along and bulldozer it was for health reasons to
    that was all on which Island does Ronnie Ville hey that was six
    2000 range Devon 30 days people don’t real sex and when you leave the eye
    you look back you say all those crosses hey some of those are my friends I didn’t have time to
    graveyard and then there was a there was 20000 guys

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    guys that were were wounded second son fight
    big hospital ship in three hospital ships small
    and one of the doctors who was on the ship my friend was in the Navy

    he was right down on 3rd Street and University Avenue he was ahead of the day
    battleship penny said he had a nice visit with him and
    after the after the war he that was still this doctor and he says stop your memory

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    so everyday we move up a little bit more
    more and we move up a little bit more and we move up a little bit more and
    all the time we ate casualties
    you just hope that it’s your friend when get killed so
    we come to crossroad where we had to we went back time
    gotta ammunition two guys and go back and you currently have

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    fast life and you can cry too many because that volcanic ash come up over your
    over your suit tops most of us were smart enough that we put light inside and
    add a wise does volcanic ash dust down in your shoes and socks and health
    call source so I just one place that we would have to run
    I was like it like this and the Japanese own death
    they owned at the ground up there and you didn’t dare go back was all I could see was there but you know
    there was this great big in the Rock had a big to great big metal door

    00:26:45

    metal doors and all of sudden these doors with open and there be two machine guns and they start
    start at want a lot of our guys so as we’re going back
    come back we were out across states they couldn’t see it once you get out at waterFire they couldn’t go this way or that
    so I said what are they going to do he says I heard
    by the way you guys going I still going to frontline and get some ammo as a
    as a time you get back here that pill box will be eliminated
    where am I said they going to bring a flamethrower tank

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    a pair so the flame start they couldn’t see out they open these doors wired shut
    shut these doors big metal door and I come back and there was a tank there
    and you could is Biola flamethrowers just smoking and I looked there
    and there was 4 dead Japanese
    which are cold and their machine gun but we’re so hot the machine gun
    what format like that so we didn’t have any more casualties
    Isolation after they eliminate that I don’t how many guys got loaded so later on

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    later on I said to one of my friends I said ad would you take me
    make you go back in and pick us up a little bit. Ammo sure
    when he didn’t come back I got worried I know something’s wrong he wouldn’t
    when slap I so about another 15 minutes were Lena this great day
    whole area comes tumbling down his name was Tim
    add boil I think was Edmund about Catholic
    it was from Philly told me and it come down there and it he was fair skin

    00:28:30

    Christianity poppin what’s the matter that he says we got
    about a hundred yards from here and he said with the Japs start dropping
    dropping some shells on a smith says we both doe B on the ground
    and he says make Qdoba on top of me accidentally you know and he says would you
    would you believe I shall hit him on the top of the head
    and I felt so sorry for the guy but because he had just joined us as replacement heads
    what had been another battle and the other great big world that was banned as they told me

    00:29:05

    go back make you the fourth division will take care of you
    so he got it you got a second Purple Heart and that was his last
    last Purple Heart so I looked at ad and as we have metal helmets
    telmisartan camouflage covers and I said hey
    would you get me home please my home is just give me your help
    natural way to understand me and I’ll what does helmet cleaner
    cleaning and ash the other man’s brain cells around to help he didn’t know it

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    he’ll never know it today but I’m telling you this because this is actually happening
    the way it happens so we get nearer to thee we got today
    two days we can see the end of the island in the battle is over and we have got burn a guys left
    and we can get a replacement and we get ready to go
    ready to go to bed and I look up about 30 yards and there’s three Marines up there
    doctor who are not in our company I dont know yall been together at night
    night and they they put these rocks and they had one wish to young guys like me

    00:30:15

    me and one man I have heard him talking to his face I like that Kentucky
    Kentucky or Tennessee on must have been 30 south
    37 38 years old and I woke up during the night I was standing watching you
    you can hardly stay awake after 20 days do you keep nodding off
    and I looked up and I saw a knife in that hole
    smoking all free I can see the cigarettes you can smoke
    what you got to get down where nobody sees it safe and I thought my god I hope nobody

    00:30:50

    nobody sees it there’s a tremendous drop off your whole eye be about 20 or 30 feet
    replace all rock an American could never climb that we didn’t have the right kind of shoe
    shoes and I’ll end up like this like this and all of a sudden there’s a
    there’s a tremendous explosion and I can say fire and stone
    I can hear screams and a Jap climbed up there and
    and tossed some grenades in with them and it was terrible so
    so you don’t move around at night on file

    00:31:25

    parachute flares that we put paradise by 4 o’clock in the morning we could lose these guys and tell
    until daybreak and so we got to a man
    Catholic purple flowers after one ring with lost his heel
    and it was all full of shrapnel all over we gave him the corpsman gave him
    Dave and morphine and the other brand he got a lot at 2
    Sam Berns maybe but when we got to the older man is bad
    he musta musta set on the Great grenade and a test

    00:32:00

    blue part of a step away is hip bone sticking out
    asking if there’s a lot of pain yes given two shots of amorphous what difference does it make
    so when the Daybreak come we carry them down to the ambulance cheap
    people just a little cheap dressers at a time with you guys to halt and Jeep so I’m trying to
    - 1 guy who I didn’t know and he says what’s your name I set my name Sam
    Sam the surgeon was Sammy he says I’m so glad to get
    how to get off the island oasis even if I moved it like this he says I get an ocelot

    00:32:35

    ally I was afraid I was going to get killed so we got to the the last
    the last gentleman the older man I’m sorry I was 28 37 weeks old am
    and we try to move in an
    all this muscle and tissue that held the hip in place wasn’t there and he let out a

    piece of plywood underneath it and we pick them up and Carmen
    which type his legs up wedding hair down in back and got a man and I love him

    00:33:10

    how orthopedic doctors repair it but there was no damage to the hip
    hip is just getting some cash you know and we’ll stand around
    it’s just getting white and I look down in this hole and I can’t believe last day
    there was this this paper were wondering land is land for growing age
    that didn’t explode hey every guy would stand around like I was
    I wasn’t carrying the comet that killed everyone so that at Radio Shack
    step so we moved up a little bit and I looked we can look at me to say the end of the island

    00:33:45

    Island ad say white boy
    there’s some cases. There and pretty soon I heard this radio,
    Welding take your squad and rescue boat he’s laying out
    in the front lines he’s been wounded oh here we go

    3 guys in myself and there was a bunch of rocks sex rape victim
    battery box outlet Dover and so we go over the first bunch of rocks

    00:34:20

    and thus the Japanese start shooting at us and we get down to bottom
    we get down behind the guy says Sam
    I don’t want to die and I said I don’t want to die either just give me a minute I’ll second ascent
    what I’m thinking to myself how can we do this without getting off
    so we skirted around the rest of this rocks
    and we get down we can’t run and we run down as about a hundred yards
    hey for muscle running with a stretcher and you can’t believe the Train rocks and boulders in

    00:34:55

    holes in SAP and we finally got down to my friend and
    and open to stretch to stretch your put him on it and to carry a stretcher
    picture on level ground and is hard but carry him on rocks in his bouncer
    bouncing up and down and finally we got it out of the line of fire we laser stretch or down
    down and had his name was Jim Bolton
    and he was the machine gun or what he was doing these cuts we’re going to move up and do I stand
    about it would be over but he had a pistol tied to his hand and a bunch of Marines die

    00:35:30

    Einstein about a hundred two hundred Mr Cambridge app and they start shooting headache
    Tennessee went down the house the pistol as a rock and he falls
    and he shoot himself in the groin and Isis gym
    are you hurting he said yes I said just a minute I found a dead marine
    dead marine and I want and I gas mask where everybody had a gas mask
    as maths West Retta morphine to open a morphine octagon image Avenue Pratt
    took some of his blood but Chonga great big am there and I ask one of the guys

    00:36:05

    there’s a animal is Jeep coming up here would you stay
    you stay with me until the Carmen Traymore the doctor gas so the Apalachee
    we got gem on their own when the guy didnt come back so I sent with him I just like something
    something always happens so the guy come back in about 2 or 3 hours nice as one half
    what happened he says when we get back to the first aid station and the Navy had
    we had decided that there wasn’t enough food so they moved the main station
    first aid station down to the front line and he said when I got there

    00:36:40

    there was 24 Marines land on the ground and assist to Carmen and one doctor
    so they treated the worst wounds first to his was the second-worst no
    so they gave him a shot and more
    morphine right away they shut them off talking down on small boat after window tint
    down to the beach in May at the hospital ship and Mason minor surgery
    and he was shocked you want to Saipan or changing world how to army or navy hospital did sommore
    then they flew him to Treasure Island in California in April and the Great Lakes

    00:37:15

    and I was 22 Marines in a room at Great Lakes
    that’s the way we look at with the rules for my friend Jim lay there and then and than a man
    anthem at the president’s son and they were talking and then look down his name
    name and says what you say your name was and a gentleman
    my name’s Welton have you got a relative’s got a real short haircut
    and ranch ACF says he and his squad save my life
    ad when they operate they took him at Great Lakes in the operating

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    sold he was able to father children that was a concern about it safe and I got away
    I got a letter from him that I was single and I never get it needs thanks so much for gas
    and I could never find the letter and I could never find his address I could never find a phone
    the phone number why boiler Center how many people like all trying to find Jim how he was doing but that
    but that was just one thing I know so did you get medals for that for the thing
    to get a medal do you have to have a witness and your witness have to be somebody who’s
    spare or an officer who’s on blast we didn’t have

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    no officers no no officers they were all dead or wounded
    the company commander who got wounded three weeks later or two weeks later
    weeks later maybe he has all the shrapnel dug out of it and he volunteered to come back
    you have to keep books the guy’s number number to hear the song
    the song so Thai in a lot of paperwork and that he did all the paperwork I couldn’t fight
    loaded with a lot of shrapnel said so he’s as we walk out
    walk out that day he says to one of my friends

    00:39:00

    you know he says I hope you guys know it or not water one road goes by
    it goes back to the ocean will we get our ship he says
    we got dirty for guys left back there the original and that’s all and a cyst
    Wednesday so nice so we go back to the ship we get on a ship
    or tech RC bags which is laid out there on the beach I still have my uniform my mom
    mom saved at home packed away and you
    uniform and we got back they made you the captain the ship says now

    00:39:35

    everybody takes off all her clothes and put them great big mess
    cardboard box store all your clothes and everything but your shoes and your helmet
    and then they come along and they sprayed with DDT

    all of a sudden somebody hello Michelle in the Rye

    always bridge down on the ground with no clothes

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    I said hey all you all your squad leader who inspect
    Apple the cap Navy captain boy was mad because. Come on through that balance you could kill
    kill somebody accidentally so Wichita auto rifle
    rifles at its brightest and then we run and got a hot shower and it gave us all
    all clean clothes clean underwear clean socks cleaned under a shadow
    but they won’t hear such NOC ice when you eat you can eat all you want but if you
    too much bone I’m going to tell you you’re going to spend a lot of time in the bathroom you’re going to have diarrhea

    00:40:45

    diarrhea because you haven’t had a good food for 30 days and
    so I never heard her a lot of screaming the first night wears on the ship I had an
    I had a nightmare I dreamt it that they were trying to attack us tonight
    is the guy next to me and he carries a great day automatic rifle in the head shoe laces
    like that and during the night when I just erased over and I
    and I grabbed his rifle and was comforting me is like a hungry man eating
    and I got up the next morning as this he’s a little guy

    00:41:20

    must weigh 235 pounds part 30 pounds during this big rifle
    he said you had a bad time since you I said I had a terrible he says your wrist over
    Annie SEZ you grab my rifle this all everything I said aren’t you going to come to
    come to breakfast dishes no I’ve been asleep all night and I’m not sleepy so we
    so we went to eat and we come back and find
    finally he want to sleep he slept the whole day William waking my pic of figuratively
    freaky anytime it wants so I didn’t tell you one story that are like to tell you

    00:41:55

    Italian my friend his name was Charles Miller and Charles from Carbondale
    Armadale news about 5 years older than I am as been gone about 10 years
    died on the golf course in Florida Charlie got wounded on
    Saipan he got shot to the shoulder he got hit before that
    for the Cat Rescue and they got shot today is another big hole he said he will
    he woke up three days later in hospital ship in the carmen was changed in distress
    addressing and he says his shoulder hurts so bad any c*** understand a little Japanese

    00:42:30

    Japanese boat like that would hurt so bad what he had a pistol
    a holster back hair he would never be taken alive and during the
    firefight the Japanese bullet hit this thing and exploded
    became a bomb and he says we’re not Carmen turned around and had a full length
    this is why does my shoulder Nokomis and I’ll tell you why the turnaround
    iPod to put my hand in that world on my shoulder and it should have took about 6 weeks
    Wix so this happened before I was with a man at battle

    00:43:05

    battle but he was on a was your man and he got it was commissioned where are the charges
    cyclist was a lieutenant and he says Sam rhinos last 20 days
    payday is she says they set me an alarm Kidde was a Carman and he had no
    had no business being a corpsman a looked around and he says his eyes were this big

    and if we get a wounded I’ll go with the enterprise and Charlie

    00:43:40

    it’s not like this and he says not having any sleep he said I dose
    dozed off and he said I was awakened by a blood curdling scream
    scream while I looked up and saw the holes around here comes the Japanese office
    after he’s bringing a sword down on my head should I raise my rifle up like this
    like this and block it block the thing it is at his fingers and his rifle
    he said I rolled him over and they said I had a knife right back here and I just put him away
    and he said hadn’t been for that young could Sam he said I’ve been dead

    00:44:15

    reset for sale vacuity you can’t have any kind of wounds because infection
    he got off and then as I saw him at a reunion and 9th St Louis
    bush and I hadn’t seen him all that was Benjamin in the eighties I had seen him since
    Charlie let me ask you something
    what what did you do after well I got a degree I got married I was a teacher I was
    I was a superintendent and then I got called back to the car
    the Korean War you told me never to volunteer on this

    00:44:50

    this was a good outfit that you just bought he said if I didn’t have a choice that was in trees lyrics
    so what happened in Korea a boulder fell off a small
    small hill and hit me the small of the back and I fell and I laid there and all of them
    and all the mud and he says there was no marine first dates result
    is all army so they had to get an army guy and he’s laying there that small of back
    black bad injury he got frostbite on the inside of a slice a turkey
    I took a mentor there until the operating temp and this doctor

    00:45:25

    doctor says got his records and it’s just Charlie
    we’re going to discharge you we don’t need your body anymore it’s Vita
    beat up your iPad won’t share with their rooms here and now you got this bad back in Utah
    bar fights how much how much more
    punishment you think your body is going to take the sugar test good luck charlie
    try to say Sinai Hospital but imma get back to the United States on a hospital ship it was in pretty good shape
    it was John Hurt in here but I saw him and he would it was there a great golf

    00:46:00

    what golfer he left the golf and just like Bing Crosby he had a heart attack on the golf course
    of course no better way when you were you were alive
    a private when you went in and you were what will happen if you don’t do your best
    basic you get up you get to be a private first class then after that
    how to get promoter you’re just like an hour away Cyrus and I got come over somebody got
    tell us that simple because my friend and I they always give you a test
    do you want it would you like to be a leader no do you want to become a

    00:46:35

    man know what you want to do we want to go how far we want to go home
    and I also read a new I said boy you guys will never get
    you get promoted and I did we did and I got promoted my friend got killed and my friend
    my friend when he when he got killed on the beach
    later on they said he was missing in action when we landed
    good at low tide Lego round check all the wonders as they
    I say and the balusters boys jacking off make sure they’re dead we don’t do anything about because you got it

    00:47:10

    you got it you got to make it stay on there so what happened like a lot of the tide come in
    c** in his body floated out to say I know how to go back and read your statement
    statement 2 as folks I think it was a name is not important I think it was from Texas
    so you could verify yeah but see if they have a
    missing in action when they have missing in action the parish
    dentist pay for another 12 months ant
    one of the days we go get ammo and we had a guy with us

    00:47:45

    he was a serious and he had something to do it was from Chicago it was a little diva
    he knew a lot about rush series make rug so he didn’t keep up
    keep up with her she walked away and I should stay up with a snot rug beater and we get down
    get down on a Japanese had a farm order about as big as my body
    but they couldn’t guide it very well and sometimes I went over the island into the ocean
    when I hit it was like have enough earthquake earthquake move like this
    like this not as we got down after the first 11 Austin Howard it’s hard in bed

    00:48:20

    dial to recharge everybody get down they’re going to fire another shelter usually fire
    fire to and sure enough they fired another one and I get up
    and here’s my friend stand up like this
    and I’m looking at him and he is expecting
    spitting blood I know that he said he didn’t hurt me you gotta want it
    I think you guys got to take Rogers down to the 400 ex remember his name
    Ellie Rogers from Kansas you don’t seem that I never knew what his first name la that was that

    00:48:55

    so they were able to walk him down but I’m sure that he lost a long and
    and then we got back daughter ammo and an officer
    what’s up we’re missing a map I said hey we’re missing rug beater
    and I said remember the last time that she’ll one-off about a hundred yards down there
    I thought I saw him there but not yet released track what will you guys go down
    go down there and get some of those Marines are in the foxholes asked him to help you we gotta fight
    how to find out if you got killed our face not there Sonos bridge help them when they come back

    00:49:30

    the guys gave me there was a 525 dollar bill and a piece
    piece of a shoe with a serial number on it but it was a marine sailor
    there was no blood there was no tissue no uniform no nothing
    so he got a direct hit and that way he was listed as missing in action
    folks won’t get back in the day 3 insurance policy worth $10,000
    and its spokes got his monthly salary for a year and then the tenth hour
    10 thousand dollars what the hell is a merciful way to die

    00:50:05

    I rather just die suffer never know what hit him so on the way
    on the way back we have a lot of but we never saw I don’t think
    the bar was so advanced that when we are on a world they needed that thing
    Fang because the big bombers were leaving from Saipan and canyon
    and if they are flying over Japan and they got shot up they have to
    we have to ditch their airplane and if they dead
    they did that they had lost airplane that lost a crewman so we figure out how many but I know

    00:50:40

    what time the Warriors on how many of those planes landed on it would Jima the restrainer strips 11
    1 what’s going in in RCB’s they did a wonderful job to stay fit
    they finished those errands strips so I’m a big plant could come in their laps
    AmeriSpec before the battle was over guy said he couldn’t get any feel I need to have fun
    gasoline so he landed
    it was a terrible act bounce bounce better than wreck anything and there was a terror force
    sky jump in there real fast and there was a valve stuck and he was available to us

    00:51:15

    what are strict about told a guy now you’re getting gasoline the gates come right up at shirt
    turn the plane around go home so we figured all the all the
    all the planes that landed there and counter them by the number of man
    we saved at least 20,000 guys from going into the drink
    West Plains where did so you were on on
    on you and then you went where after that one or that we want back to me
    how can I give you are on our way we want back to my way ok and aunt

    00:51:50

    Anton nice trip ship and we got back there and they gave us are not
    don’t bother you too much you know for a week or ten you don’t have to shave you don’t have to make
    to make your bed up you don’t want to they know what it is so they gave us a tour
    45 days over in Maui and I
    we got over there another guy find a nice nice Japanese or oriental
    place to stay at with a screened in porches which left outside in a one half cup bras
    and then we go down to the restaurant we found a place where have all we could get a glass

    00:52:25

    glass of beer and I found a place where I get a glass of beer
    and some fried shrimp dying for shrimp my folks were in the seafood
    Bourbonnais I watch replicas and get it so after that thing was over we went
    we went back they come and get us on a ship and take us back to Molly and Chris Hughton ever
    tell ne your parents grandpa
    grandparents at Knoebels where you were but you could say I saw
    I saw a gym the last couple of days I write to my mother that was my brother-in-law

    00:53:00

    are you as my brother more than that so my mother
    my mother would call and tell his mother
    that we were together for a few days they and they
    that’s what we want and what time at 8 at the at the
    after initial submarine quest headquarters all the subs in the Pacific
    Pacific come back from the runs they had 30 days off hey they didn’t shave
    look like a bunch of animals but they didn’t care that was a submarine service

    00:53:35

    and the food was excellent I had to end the Navy got the best coffee
    you can eat you can have coffee 24 hours a day and then I always got
    always got fresh coffee Lyle Lovett I love coffee my grandmother was a tremendous she always
    always had coffee I just drank coffee ever since I was 5 years old so when the W
    when the war was over there was a lot of guys that had been overseas for
    40 months party 8 months and had been a family so they had more points in
    I got to go home they have division got to go back to Los Angeles what was the Wiz laugh

    00:54:10

    is left and they comin I said
    you’re going to China Ansul system
    I was 20 years old I was not married I thought really bad like I know I could see China
    that would be my only chance I’d never get another chance so I put a sinus
    the name of the ship was the bomb Homme Richard to Good Shepherd said it was so small
    aircraft and it was converted for troop ships the flight deck
    flight deck was open and the hangar deck where they kept the plans we had our bunks and roll Boulder

    00:54:45

    folded down there and it was happened to be full moon the Sun I swear on
    we are on the ocean and it was the most beautiful trip they didn’t put the size up you could say
    they say I say this dolphin swimming with the ship the next 20 miles of aisles
    you are not a part Albany said that goes 100 miles they think it’s fun to get
    how to get close to the ship’s bow Japan like that so we’re out to see I guess
    I guess about three or four days and also I noticed the answer
    is the answer stop and I hear the actor Cody

    00:55:20

    trickle down anchor chain willie Geist what are you doing I said I don’t know what we’re
    what were done I don’t like it like that anchors down they call her dance
    report to the top of it to the flight deck well I know something’s changed
    change right away just like we used to say always change in orders
    where civilians and I want to make so up on the flight that the guy had one of those tables
    tables like that sergeant and they have what’s your name welding you’re getting off
    getting off air line looked around I said this is not China

    00:55:55

    it says I know it’s not China you’re getting off air this is Guam
    when I had given us about you cold weather gear long johns
    heavy boots jackets such as temple closed out
    Kohls out of my seat bag and throw my deck somebody else can take these another Marine 2 Spec Ops
    wake up someone to go to China they got on there and we got down there and a captain
    at the at the dock ready or nice gentleman
    new looks after all the names in all the world is a circle

    00:56:30

    you guys are nothing but a bunch of different for a man all the Irani was your girl like
    does that make us bad no I don’t make it bad but it says this is an MPI
    you’ll have to get used to it he says when you get in there
    you can put your weapon away you have to carry a 45 when you have to drive a Jeep
    Jeep through the jungles take turns he says your 8 hour shift
    one way to add another eight hours 24 hours a day I drove that even at night you want these jungles
    Tetris Japanese there but they never bought it they were just survivors

    00:57:05

    vibrational and he says you got a guy thats driving that was right
    ride shotgun and also a fish and a Navy base decals
    tackles in the village you’re wrong amount they don’t want to
    they didn’t want the Navy man with the native women because they had to date a boyfriend
    cost trouble safe all they would really get mad we make him come out and go back
    go back to their banquet never did anything to him that I had so we were there from
    September and I think in March

    00:57:40

    I said you guys are going to go home and I just got already have that we have fresh
    have fresh milk we had fresh eggs they have everything out in the Pacific that we never had in Hawaii
    because that was Admiral Nimitz’s headquarters and when he drew his rations
    fashion she got everything we had steak once in awhile never knew what state was named after
    trouble getting spam sometime so anyway
    we got on the ship and it was loaded for
    burberry is currently putting get another Marine on air who was in March last part of me

    00:58:15

    part of March no I’m sorry it was a pro so
    so we went to Treasure Island and we unloaded Darin
    everybody want to get out right away go outside never bend up to drink never seen a lady
    nah I can wait go out the next morning
    next morning so I went out the next night three of us went out I guess we want.. 1
    had a big dinner and there’s a beautiful beautiful bar at the
    at the top of Mark Hopkins hotel it was a call the top of the mark it was called a

    00:58:50

    you could say all about a ship’s everything floating in the harbor and then

    Starbucks 7 o’clock will never stop drinking till 5 o’clock the next morning
    we celebrated our first night in United States we went back in the day later
    later I put a sign of trip time and they
    shepherds cross the country the Great Lakes
    and we process Theron I got discharged in April 21st

    00:59:25

    1946 and the war was over the war was over oh yes it was over
    do I have to stay long when the war was over a lot of guys got out but if your younger yet it still points
    the point system which is okay that’s the way it should have been and as I got out mr. Kohl’s Ann Arbor
    cold cold Easter Egg grate

    whooping that you’re never wore and it like we put all of those and we drop down
    download North Shore train tickets down to

    01:00:00

    Cubs ballpark and we got off Cubs ballpark all three of us

    can walk from there and we walk down there and my inlaws are all
    German hate that had food there and they had whiskey and they have y
    why did they had the neighbors and when your world Marine uniform
    in Chicago you never bought a tree you couldn’t buy a drink

    01:00:35

    yo policemen firemen really nice people and
    after about three days I got a call from my mother 101 ice come
    coming home mom I said I’ll be home tomorrow night
    and don’t worry I said we’re just having a nice time this too young rings with me
    they were my age they were from the east coast so my grandmother
    plenty of sleep and area and plenty of food
    we would come back to my app with late look at their eyes

    01:01:10

    look at their eyes Chuck that was my uncle you make an Asian guy
    these guys drink hey Julia I said they didnt make a strength we’re just looking for
    place to drink sold the other two guys I’ve been home for a while I never saw him again
    Paul McGann and I want home at night and when I got home
    I got home and stuff at the station downtown there was about sex
    6070 Mott high school buddies waiting for me there and they had been in the service
    okay okay

    01:01:45

    did you make them
    okay so ss the train that made a funny
    my mother my father and my my best friend
    best friends sister was there hey when I went away no highways at night
    I think she was 15 or 16 law and behold
    she told my mother viola I’m going to marry
    marry your son and I thought I knew my mother and I

    01:02:20

    and I’ll bet that that dont go over there a 20 year old son just got home and there’s a young
    pretty young girls that I’m going to marry and you know we did get married
    enchant cat we had three children. She died I thought
    top ten Mexico 10 years ago and when she said that
    is that my mom never told me but blonde wife told me later I said I’ll bet that went over Bay
    but she became my mother never had any girls just two boys and she
    and she became a daughter to her she took my mother is a doctor or a shopping all the things

    01:02:55

    things that she never no never could do with a daughter and her mother left her mother lives
    lesbian S&M nursing home down as salt when she has to be a hundred two and
    February she outlived Fiat left chest
    has five children to shout them all but two Wow
    and I wouldn’t give 1 million dollars for Mike’s
    my experience and I wouldn’t wish it on anybody what happened to me
    and when I want in the service the day I left I have to get somebody

    01:03:30

    somebody to hold my mother she says I know you’re gonna get hurt I know
    I know you’re going to get hurt cause you got your you got your finger caught in a shotgun
    and you got shot in the leg on a rifle bullet that hit you in the
    all the things happen to me but I might 14 at 16th and it wasn’t
    drink under Dr Zhang Zhang like they just happened yo black stepdaddy and
    and when that first shell hit on a word she a man like I find air
    I thought about what my mother said when I was up in the air something is going to happen to you

    01:04:05

    so you know I did get wonder that got bad Harris but
    it’s much much much better to have bad errors in Oceanside or no legs
    legs and no arms or anything like that and so many young guys get that
    I just wish sailed away from a wall look back on this trip ship and I can
    and I could see all those white crosses over 6,000 crosses
    what they did 6 or 8 years later they came back and
    and they exhumed all the bodies and some of the body’s

    01:04:40

    they were unable to identify they were blowing up so bad or they didn’t have any dog tags
    tags for sale and those a very dim sum place under unknown
    unknowns in a navy or a rough f*** graveyard
    graveyard International graveyard over in Danville Panda
    unfortunate it got so bad we usually have a reunion
    they decide reunion down & R marine reunion a division reunion
    and down in Louisville but my friends were

    01:05:15

    friends were sold they don’t go anymore they couldn’t travel
    and anybody was in my company there was not a soul the last time I went
    so it’s just hey we want to the last reunion I want to do is so San Antone Texas
    Texas beautiful beautiful hotel once again my way
    whats with me then and I Matagorda springs
    Express lot of good friends I made in the service but the unfortunate thing was
    most young guys not married no responsibility you should have wrote

    01:05:50

    who wrote your name address and all your friends in a book safe but the war the war
    the war come on and ended and panko everybody wants to get home or get for you
    that’s where you’re going to get get rid of this and RRK
    RCAP was on a plateau and sometimes you Drake
    sketcher Tampa and there be clouds coming down the street that’s how high up we were

    here down in the town of Wewoka was their main town on Maui

    01:06:25

    I got acquainted with a lady there’s an older lady she was in the fifties
    she like the young red s*** caricature of us how much is a train to hear
    maybe to interest a year and yet it was still green
    Green honor safe and that’s just about Kano
    inactive and so I act like I ask a guy one day who want them a lie
    what what is there were the Camp yesterday what level does the government
    how to put it back shape they least its ground and subdivisions

    01:07:00

    do they have thumbs up there and I he said you would never never
    never recognize the place that was like going to Guam Guam had when I got there had everything in it
    McDonalds and A&W but while Missouri
    is a stopping off place for Mary japen
    Japanese that was where they honeymooned because it’s real close that’s nice beaches none of those play
    those places have burial grounds no fr
    I don’t never heard of a or perhaps

    01:07:35

    M&I analyst I did
    why did hear one ended question everything what are they had it was from Illinois
    where there’s a whip there’s a military explosive that you still use today
    is today it’s like a piece of putty and you take it take a pencil
    make a hole entered you put a crime or primer cap diner
    how do you put a fuse in it hey when you can put wrap around and you can blow up
    butter over there and blow up anything but you do not force the cap and we were

    01:08:10

    we were down Eminem verse in my life at one time and I heard just terrible explosion
    lotion namless come down the young guy I just forgot
    the nearest do unless a force the cap
    that’s why I wonder how they probably buried him in Maui
    because I had no no no I didn’t I was had I have
    I have burial at sea you know that’s another thing there’s no way to keep earth anybody when your itchy
    you put him in a body bag and Utah shells shell casings

    01:08:45

    play taps floating around his body
    BBQ the saying that would be to me a very terrible for the folks
    Danny don’t have your boy is not closer Helia never have closure
    but most of the guys that went in the Marine Corps
    realize what they’re getting into and when they go in today they know
    they know what they’re getting into I feel sorry for the mothers and their fathers and their relatives but that’s what
    that’s what they want to be something that happened to me I wouldn’t begrudge anybody so

    01:09:20

    so when you say a man going to the rain car young man the worst thing
    slang is going to get killed the next thing is going to get MAME the next thing is
    saying he’s going to get maybe I maybe you get a light wont our flesh bone of my car
    my cousin had that it was on that was on Saipan
    Pizza shrapnel went through a tank what to his elbow
    that’s the one that ended up in Great Lakes and I think it’s seven operations and 8th
    and he had a short farm the rest of his life but I finish college and

    01:09:55

    had he got a real good job with them State Farm
    as ever junior executive a truck in percent ship came out someplace in Connecticut
    nice place to raise a family in the last two or three years he came back
    can’t back down they were from now Northwood and last
    what is the last exit on the interstate my wife died
    and 97th and he had
    he said she had cancer and he called her and talk to her

    01:10:30

    and he says we deserve better than this tell my wife.
    I said that’s the truth you do both so he he had a big military funeral had
    bagpipes that’s what he wanted so my brother and I went up to the funeral
    my brothers truck with the triple twist
    all the small towns up their subdivisions we got lost we didn’t get
    I didn’t get back back to the family home for 1 hour Kelly
    Kelly R Kelly a relative that your former friend from sapping got lost on the Great

    01:11:05

    this is summed up
    up all of your experience could you could you sum it up could you
    if it wasn’t worth it yes pay if if I if I was
    if I was 18 today and there was a war on
    that would be the same thing I do the same thing to me it was a
    it was the hardest and the toughest and the meanest and yet when you get done
    get done you know just like a guy called me a year and a half ago

    01:11:40

    and he says hey how would you like to join the Marine Corps League
    Lake I said fine meet me out there
    VFW and I went out there and I sound 20 guys
    Sam Yonker a lady marine she’s got the bay 60 Pyron
    Riddick she was in the band was called after they call them Ray Bans and she’s at
    activator and we’ve got a couple guys who are wounded
    add effect 2 weeks ago I had a funeral this man

    01:12:15

    this man what are some range to be at his casket five ministers all day
    and he was an ex-marine so we just did that as a favor and they have a color guard
    face replacer Marine color guard we got we got friends that do that night. Uniforms and ever
    everything probably so I can’t I’m getting sold I can hardly remember the meeting tonight

    21 does her something to a door
    we’ve come to think we’ve covered it or not I think we’ve covered just about all of it I hope

    01:12:50

    I hope they wouldn’t care about it also wants to go into the range
    how to do we need anything we do the sum it up for anything
    anything you just hit his family his summary was was kind of a good ending
    good ending