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There was little fire from the town and opposing ridgeline until they had crossed the road onto a bare rise just east of the village. Then all hell broke loose: Japanese machine guns from their front, left and right flanks opened up, pinning them in crossfire. Caught in the open between the village and the road in the killing ground between the interlocking fires of at least four machine guns, the two options were to go forward, or pull back. Michael’s inclination was to pull back and try again later, but his platoon leader had other ideas, and motioned his squads to continue forward.
The medic smiled, pulled out a morphine syrette, which contained 25 grains of morphine and looked like a miniature toothpaste tube with a sealed end, and used the needle attached to the syrette to puncture the seal before inserting it into Michael’s thigh and then pinning the empty syrette to Michael’s shirt collar. Michael immediately felt pain relief, euphoria, and a mellowness of spirit he thought long lost. After rebandaging Michael’s hand, Doc filled out an Emergency Medical Tag (EMT), with Michael’s name and serial number, the nature of the wound, the approximate time he was wounded, and the treatment so far given.
Perhaps the prevailing thought was “God, if you only let me live Soldiers of the 165th prepare to enter the jungle from Red Beach, Makin Atoll. Palm fronds litter the floor of this forest partially destroyed by naval gunfire. The soldiers are by now without their M1928 haversacks. Soldiers digging foxholes under palm fronds on Makin Atoll. One soldier pulls security while the others work with shovels. ” Everyone bedded down for the night without their knapsacks, although no one was sleeping. Company leaders warned the men not to talk or cough so they did not give their positions away.