SOLOMON ISLAND MARINE’S BUDDY TURNED OUT TO BE A JAPANESE SOLDIER

By Sgt. Robert N. Blum, USMCR

San Francisco, Calif.—Woodrow Webb, 23-year-old marine from Wildwood, N.J., thinks this Solomon Island adventure is funny.

He decided to evacuate his machine-gun post in a hurry when a Japanese mortar found the range. He and another guy, who rose up out of the inky jungle night, ran side by side and dropped simultaneously into a foxhole while the shells exploded around them. The young Gyrene was comforted by the presence of a buddy, but he was too breathless to say anything—which was very fortunate.



guadalcanal solomon island

US Marines of the 1st Marine Division pause for a rest while marching on the island of Guadalcanal.

During a lull in the shelling, Webb’s companion spoke—in Japanese! Webb nodded his head but didn’t answer. Stealthily, he reached for a grenade, slipped the pin out and cautiously slid it under the Jap’s pack.

“Then,” Webb said, with a grin, “I got the hell out of there!”



US Marines on man a machine in prepared defenses against the Japanese

Manning a machine gun, US Marines prepare for a Japanese attack.



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  • Bill Getz says:

    This “buddy” story may or may not be true. Most wars produce many unverified stories because young soldiers and sailors like to brag about their adventures. It is usually the quiet ones that turn out to be the heroes.

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