“We came upon a Japanese hospital and bivouac in a field area. It was a series of grass huts. We killed a lot of Japanese soldiers here. We bayoneted and shot anything that was still moving.
They were on the ground wounded. Several had broken legs. It didn’t look like they had had proper medical attention. We were back in Japanese territory and didn’t want to make noise. So we used bayonets. I was pretty angry.
We had a patrol and they captured one of our men and tied him over a log and used him as a woman. They rammed a bayonet up his anus and he bled to death. That made me angry.
So whenever I get into action, I get angry. I wasn’t afraid when I was angry. We all felt that way after what we had seen.”
– Dean Winters. US Marines. 2nd Raider Battalion. Battle of Guadalcanal
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