In combat, deep inside the lungs and lower stomach, the Huberts both vomited the bread, water, and even some POWs, and the enemy's fire dominated, all but hiding Keiji's new breathing apparatus. The Huberts moved up alongside of him, putting their bodies atop his to put their own cover into the gap of fire, and Keiji got the Huberts through the gap. Shouting over his shoulder, \"If I take out my inhaler, the enemy fire will kill us,\" Keiji grabbed the inhaler from his back pocket. With the Huberts' help, he took more than three minutes to get the inhaler from the pocket, throwing it out to the floating flak that blocked off their escape.
I had never been in combat before.\"\"You didn't get any training?\"\"Nope. I was a cook.\"\"Did you feel any fear? Any dizziness?\"\"Nope, but I was mostly frustrated, because all I wanted was to help and I couldn't.\"\"You did what you could and that was fine, wasn't it?\"\"Yeah, I suppose you could say that.\"\"And you did a pretty good job.\"\"Yeah, I guess I did.\"\"You could put yourself down about something you couldn't control, couldn't you?\"\"Yeah, I guess I could, but I didn't. I felt like it was my chance as a citizen to do something.\"\"So you really felt like you could have done more?\"\"Yeah.\"\"You know, it was the end of the battle, and the survivors thought that the Japanese fighter pilots needed to be taken out. So your fellow marines hit the A-frame and dropped a flamethrower, and you were sure that the mission was going to be successful. What happened?\"\"Or I should say, I think we thought we had it wrapped up until, suddenly, the flamethrower on the flak tube jammed.\"\"So you couldn't see? You couldn't see what was going on, and all you thought was that you were going to be regarded as a hero, right?\"\"Yeah, that's right.\" 7211a4ac4a