On a Machine Gun Emplacement
By Raymond Greene
(As Told by
his son, Erwin Greene)
There was a Japanese
machine gun emplacement on Attu killing a lot of
allied soldiers. Three volunteers were selected to
knock out the emplacement. All three were killed in
their attempt. Another group of volunteers made an
attempt, and they too gave their lives.
Raymond was in the
third group of volunteers. All he remembered was
running like hell. There was a lot of covering fire,
with bullets flying from both directions around his
feet and over his head.
At this point, Raymond
was not sure what happened, but he thinks an
explosion knocked him out. He was presumed dead and
left in a hole. It was some time before he knew
where or who he was. He was alone and it was cold.
Raymond eventually got back to his command. The
other two volunteers with him were killed.
Five years after the
war ended, Raymond entered the VA Hospital in
Topeka, Kansas where he was diagnosed as having
Acute Schizophrenia. He died a peaceful death, but
for much of his life he was neglected and forgotten,
deserted by those he loved because of his illness.
For much of his life he was institutionalized. He
lost his family and his ability to work.
When Raymond died,
however, his country did not forget him. He was
given a military funeral.
It was at this funeral
that I discovered he had been awarded the Bronze
Star. I would appreciate hearing from anyone that
may have known my father, or could tell me anything
more about him and the men he served with. Dad never
told me he was decorated. He said the only reason he
told me this story was to ask me not to volunteer
for anything! To the two volunteers who were killed,
and to all the veterans of that war and their
families, I say God Bless you all!