Pacific Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives May 27 1983, Page 27

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 27, 1983, Tokyo, JapanFriday May 27, 1983 Okinawa Pacific stars and stripes 7 marines come to Aid of workers by Danny Layne . Marine corps Camp Schwab buried alive. The very thought of it invokes a horror most people can Only imagine. But for two okinawan construction workers Here one afternoon the experience was very real. As installation officials have already noted if it was t for the Swift actions of five marines both men probably would have suffocated beneath the crushing weight of tons of Lay. The Saga began when sgt. Marshall Johns and Cpl. Jose Malos were watching the beeline work of a construction Crew placing drainage pipes in a 10 foot Trench near their Barracks. Without warning or signs of shifting both men recounted later the Clay Walls collapsed and of the seven Man construction Crew. For one split second the world stood still Johns explained while workers and marines stood Frozen in mute horror. I d been watching them for three or four minutes when suddenly the whole Wall fell in on them Johns said. After a second we All seemed to realize just what had happened and i immediately ran to where i d last seen this one Man before begot almost at the same instant and without any provocation Matos sprang to the place where the other worker Lay buried and with their Bare hands the two began digging their Way to the men below. Matos managed to unearth his Man first since he was closer to the surface. Johns continued to struggle with the sticking Clay until he uncovered the other buried worker who was by then in a state of Shock from the situation and Lack of air. In Shock his face was greyish yellow and i could Tell he was in Shock Johns said. I m sure the whole thing set him Back some but i know i was awful glad to see him alive while Johns and Matos who had by then partially uncovered the other worker and was attempting to completely free him continued their Rescue they were joined by three other marines who happened to be nearby. Together Cpl. Jesse Kyles and Lance cps. Eugene Frederick and Mack Hayes leaped into the covered Trench and helped with the excavation. Most of the men were still using Only their hands for fear of hurting the buried pair with the Sharp edges of an entrenching tool. It was with the Trio s help Matos later noted that the men were reached so rapidly. Slowing Down was never part of my thoughts Kyles said. I knew we had to get them All the Way out. We knew that just because their Heads were free and they could breathe that did t mean the were Home and Kyles was right. Minutes after Johns had freed his Man s head and was attempting to Clear the Clay that kept the worker trapped in the ground another part of the Wall gave Way and nearly pinned Johns beneath it. It did however re Bury the worker who had moments before been looking into the eyes of his would be rescuers. All the work that had been done in locating him All the marines efforts had to hurriedly be redone. Could t move or breathe i knew we Only had a Little bit of time Johns said. I was t worried about myself at All i knew the fellow under All that dirt was trapped and could t move or once the adrenaline started flowing Matos added there was nothing to it. It was something anyone would do and we just happened to be thrones who did it was Matos too who forcefully kept the rain soaked Earth from falling on the other marines As they continued their second Rescue operation. I know if it was t for Matos keeping that big chunk of Clay off Kyles and Frederick they could t have done what they did Hayes said. The reburied worker was relocated unearthed and pulled from the mud this time for Good. It was probably the worker s helmet which formed a protective air pocket around his head that kept him alive All that time Johns speculated later. What we had to do ill say this though Kyles hesitantly added and it May sound somewhat corny or patriotic but i think our training with the marines helped us in this particular situation. We All worked together As a team without any spoken commands and without any particular person being in charge. We just did it together. We probably looked like a Bunch of monkeys digging around in the Trench but we were just doing what we had to those five marines efforts have not gone unnoticed. Johns Matos Kyles Frederick and Hayes have each been recommended by the 2nd battalion 4th Marine regiment s commander to receive the prestigious Navy Marine corps medal. All five men Are very highly thought of in this battalion said 1st it. Lawrence Stanton the battalion adjutant. It s this command s opinion that those marines put their own lives at risk to save Asato Masaki and Masahiko Higa. They deserve that kind of realistically speaking Stanton added it could still be several weeks before it s determined when an even if the marines Are to receive the medals. Final determination will be made at higher Headquarters. Corpsman likes Job of treating marines by Cpl. R. Johnson or. . Marine corps Camp Hansen the Navy corpsman. There he stands today renowned Gungy and disciplined dressed in camouflage utilities War Belt and combat boots and a Rucksack stuffed with medical supplies draped Over his shoulder. A Monument to on the spot ingenuity Grace under pressure compas Sion and skill. Over the years his predecessors have bravely and selflessly accompanied marines into War. He helped raise the Flag on mount Sura Bachi treated wounds and Frost bite at the chosen Reservoir and fielded Many a distressed cry for corpsman during the tet Offen Sive. Today he continues to March. As those before him he s appreciated by marines. Whether providing a ban Dage for a Blister or using a Rifle to immobilize a broken leg. Relishes his position Seaman Frank Tentler 21, of san Diego is a Navy corpsman with 81mm mortar platoon weapons company 1st battalion 5th relishes his position As it gives him a deep sense of Pride satisfaction Worth respect. And brotherhood. He s been humping the same Hills eating the same a rations sleeping inthe same bivouac Sites and participating in the same Field exercises Over the past year. Tentler is As Gungy As the next Man. He has to be. For him it s an imperative key to respect and successful Mission accomplishment a passage into a world where Esprit de corps and camaraderie Are common Virtues As Well As tools for survival. Marines will think twice about corpsman if he Falls out on a Hump Tentler said. In fact a corpsman does t get to rest on a Hump. He has to concentrate on treating his marines during in regard to treating marines in the Field Tentler said the most common injuries and maladies Are blisters sprains dehydration heat stroke heat exhaustion insect bites colds cuts and abrasions. In the Field a corpsman does t do much unless injuries occur Tentler explained. The platoon i m with is pretty Good in the Field. Injuries Are kept to a minimum. It gives me a Chance to help with the ammunition mortars and live firing. Being a corpsman with the marines is interesting he continued. It s great to observe and participate in the Field training exer before entering the Fleet Marin Force Tentler said i attended a five week session at the Field medical service school. The school prepares corpsmen for the transition from Navy to the Marine corps Way with close to a year under his Belt Tentler has discovered there is More to being a corpsman than applying first Aid Battle dressings and dispensing medications. Usic Cpl. Robert Johnson Frank Tentler administers first Aid. Marines confide in you Tentler said. Besides being the doctor the corpsman is also a Counselor and psychologist too. Marines come to you with personal problems. You however corpsmen have prob lems of their own. But they have to keep it inside because they Are expected to have it the Navy vital part of every platoon help alleviate fears anxieties and company battalion regiment and frustrations. Division

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