Segment 2


The first thing the Marines did on Okinawa was to cut the island in two. They encountered many Japanese hiding in tombs.On one patrol it was Akins' turn to go into the tomb to check for Japanese. When he approached it he could see a pair of eyes looking back at him. A fellow Marine named John Kerry came to help him.Akins is glad that he didn't have to fight a war with today's rules. The enemy would show no mercy.During a push Akins helped to pull some tank crewmen out of burning tanks. The Japanese snipers would shoot the burned tankers as they were being pulled out.Akins saw the Marines coming back to Pavuvu from Peleliu. He spoke to a Gunny Sergeant [Annotator's Note: Gunnery Sergeant] and asked if he had any advice. The Gunny told him that money didn't mean anything out there and then explained what he meant.Akins met one of his buddies on Pavuvu. The man was a little older than him and was the gunner on their 37mm antitank gun. Akins manned all types of heavy weapons.On an outpost one night six Marines dug in next to a cliff. Where they were positioned, the Japanese would have to get pretty close for Akins to be able to see them, but he could hear and smell them.Around two or three oÂ’clock in the morning Akins could smell the Japanese coming. Akins opened fire and killed a couple of Japanese soldiers.


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