Battle Of Matanikou Village

Yahzee arrives with Woods, bandaging wrapped around his neck but his uniform looking fresh and himself cleaned up. There are hints of smaller bandages under his uniform on just about every limb. Still, he's walking in with the other Marine apparently declared fit for duty now.

Jenkins had been leaning agaisnt a tree trunk when the other marines came into sight, at first he ignored them but then he does a double take.od A shout "Injun! I thought you were…" He trails off. "You're looking good." He says, a bit more quietly.

Gibbs wanders in from the west, rifle slung over his shoulder as he trudges along, moving to join the group of jarheads forming as ordered.

Woods wanders along behind Yahzee. He's not quite got the long legs Yahzee does! Or at least, he's just short by comparison. He seems happier now that the radioman is back. Happy!Woods is back, and bright eyed as ever. Hope for one lost relationship, found a Yahzee. "You'd like Frank I think."

Today has been a loud streak of activity in the Marine camp. Guns at the ready, the entire platoon has been up and on alert since the early morning, when the Japanese planes had buzzed overhead. Now Marines have gathered at the front trench, and this is no 25-man patrol. This is a tidal wave of men, still smarting from the ambush not long ago and fingers ready on the triggers. Not an hour ago, the Navy dispatched a vessel loaded with an amphibious team towards the Matanikau river delta, and now the land troops are ready.

Major General Vandegrift is here too, in Goettge's conspicuous absence, in his dark tans and pins, having been consulting with some of his lower Lieutenants for some time as the troops formed up. And now here he comes, boots squishing in the fetid mud. "Men! Fall in and listen up!"

Yahzee looks over to Woods, "Frank?" in question. A nod back to Jenkins, "Howdy Jenkins." A rub of his throat. "Dead?" He's unable to speak very loud, the stitching not yet completely healed on his neck. "Reckoned I was in Hell when I woke up surrounded by sailors and some ship's doctor ready to poke me with knives and my uniform off." He tries to chuckle, but it catches a bit in his throat. "Good to see you." more quietly. He halts as the officer calls fall in.

Gibbs joins the other marines in gaggling about the General. He keeps his distance, knowing how much them shiny stars attract sniper bullets and mortar shells, giving a wary glance to the others.

Whoa. So many surprises today. Woods looks a bit pained by Goettge's absence. But he is quietly happy even still. He could hug Yahzee even, but that's not terribly manly. Either way, he's distracted now. "My new parrot," He whispers. He falls in with the others, smiling. Well, he starts smiling. He gets a little more solemn, glancing to Gibbs and back.

Jenkins falls in near Yahzee and Woods. He looks to Yahzee, grinning happily, before doing his parade ground thing and standing stiff and looking forward, he is trembling slightly, the others may be smarting but he was there, and a force this big can only mean lots more enemies.

Yahzee adds a nod with a quick hint of a cheeky smile to Woods at the quick explanation of who Frank is, but then goes flat and expressionless as he draws chin up and stands straight in the presence of the major general. Lips closed, listening now at attention.

Vandegrift waits, but not forever. Woods gets a bit of The Eye before he goes on, his voice carrying down the line of Marines. "On August 12th, the Japs made a big fucking mistake in this campaign. They opened fire on our men and cost eighteen Marines their lives. Now they're sitting pretty in a village, thinking we're going to turn our tails and run. Is that what a /Marine/ does, gentlemen?"

Yahzee adds in a low firm voice, " No sir!"

Gibbs chimes in with the other marines, "No…" he says, keeping his voice low and all.

Vandegrift's eyes turn down the line, hearing low voices. Low voices? "I can't fucking hear you."

Geez. Poor Woods. The Eye. He knows that look. Yahzee gets a brief smile before it fades away. A wince at the mention of lost marines, "No sir!" He replies. In a proper voice!
Jenkins winces as the debacle is mentioned, but shouts "No sir!" And "No sir!" A second time, he's good at this parade ground stuff.

Gibbs raises his voice, "NO!!!!!"
Yahzee can't physically speak in a shout due to the stitches in his neck, but drawing in a breath he repeats as loudly as he can manage. "No sir!"

"God damn," Vandegrift's voice booms. "I thought you ladies were headed to a teaparty." He smiles a bit as they start shouting, joined by a much louder chorus of voices in the background. "We are going to the Matanikau River, boys, and we are taking that village. We are taking that are, and we are taking back the bodies of our boys left to bleed in that stinking swamp." He lifts a hand and points towards the beach. "I Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, are already on their way. They will be assaulting the yellow bastards from the north beach in T-minus 47 minutes. After they've begun that assault, you boys will be crossing the river and crawling up their asses from the south. L Company's on their way towards the coastal roads, where they'll be providing support from the flank. This is to be no joke, gentleman. This is to be to victory. Do you understand me?"

Jenkins nods along to the speech, a sidelong glance to Yahzee as bodies are mentioned but nothing more than that. When his que comes he barks out a "Yes Sir!"

Yahzee speaks again with his breath full, though unable to shout, "Yes sir!"

Gibbs takes a deep breath before shouting, "FUCK YES SAHR! OOH-RAH!"

Woods listens, thoughtfully. He looks pained, and replies "Yes sir!" loudly. He feels particularly bound to return those fallen marines, looking pained again at each memory. Head north woods, head north…

"Good." Vandegrift's blue eyes track faces around the massive group of Marines. "Now let's go, boys, and show these fuckers how a Marine fights. Gear on, and MOVE OUT."

«TIMEWARP Lines here.»

Jenkins wades through the river, his rifle over his head. He looks about him. "This time we'll get them." He mutters with some conviction. "Get 'em back for Tavua, and Slayback." Right he soldiers on.

Yahzee his rifle, one of the few who use the new Johnsons. "Slayback's dead?" asked over to Jenkins as they file down into the river.

Gibbs follows the crowd into the river, rifle held aloft, nearly tripping over a few submerged roots as he plods along, cursing the recruiter.

Kappedal is somewhere near the rear of the formation as he tends to be, white circles keeping him identified for wounded Marines. And for Japs, but hey. What can you do. "He's not dead," he says lowly to Yahzee. "But he's pretty bad."

Jenkins shakes his head. "Nah, but he's in a bad state." He answers, tripping over something, hopefully a rock. He rights himself and moves on, checking his ammunition isn't to wet.

Gibbs looks around, grumbling as he arrives at the other end of the river, "Join the Marines they said, see the world they said.. i'd rather be sailing."

Woods gets his gear on and trundles along. "No, they just shot him a lot," Woods replies. He is towards the front, trying not to trip or get stuck on anything. He does pause, to look over his shoulders and check those behind him.

Yahzee nods to that, halting as he pulls his feet out of quicksand-like muck at the muddy bottom of the tropical river. "One thing about the docs on that Navy ship. They did get me fixed up." He steps on faster after a few cautious steps testing the mud.

Gibbs pauses at the bank, clambering up it as best he can, slipping and sliding a bit as he brings his rifle up to peer northwards, providing some cover.

Jenkins nods. "I was worried about you mate." He says, "Being all herioc like that." He doesn't mention that he was busy fleeing towards the gunfire while Yahzee was being herioc.

Kappedal squishes along after Woods and the rest of the Marines, medical pack held up above his head as they trudge through water to keep it from getting soaked in river ick.

Woods glances back every so often, to check his fellows. "We're heading straight north. You don't have to be /too/ close to me, so long as you can hear or see my signals," Woods murmurs quietly keeping his Reising held up. Alas, poor Woods is a good deal shorter than the others and having a time keeping over water.

Yahzee shakes his head a little, sucking his lips in hearing what Jenkin says. He doesn't add to that, but the expression's not proud…almost ashamed. Squish, squish, squish, his boots cross through the river muck towards the other side.

Yahzee trudges up into the tropical forest, welcoming the cover from the open exposure of wading slowly through a river. He looks over to the other men, checking how they're doing.

Jenkins shakes himself down as he emerges dripping from the muddy river, he then finds some undergrowth to slide along and looking straight ahead, north.

Kappedal drips water for a good long while onc they're out of the river, leaving squished dark prints that don't seem to fade. He glances over his shoulder at those behind and then continues ahead, keeping low.

Gibbs follows the others, his boots squish-squashing as the water drains from them slowly, his socks are soaked. "Motherfcker." he growls in the dark. He looks up just in time to see an enemy tree infront of him. *THUD* "OWWWW!" he cries out, stumbling backwards.

Woods looks to the north, pausing a moment as he does. He's all drippy and muddy and icky. Ew. He glances back over the others for a moment. And then a wince at the crying out from Gibbs. "Sssh…" He puts a finger to his lips.

Jenkins looks back at the cry, frowning. He makes the hand signal for "Clear north." and awaits orders.

Yahzee darts a quick look to Gibbs, almost expecting a sneaky little Jap to be backstabbing the Marine. Seeing it's just a tree (or at least, it LOOKS just like a tree), the young Navajo man just grunts and continues ahead to catch up to Jenkins.

Kappedal freezes at Gibbs' crying out, flinching a hair. He twists around, making sure the man can still walk and all.

Woods nods at the signal. He doesn't see anything either. He makes a motion to move when ready.

Gibbs aims a swift kick at the tree, cursing under his breath as he brings his rifle back around, looking like he's going to fill the tree with lead. He refrains though, grumbling as he moves to join the rest of the marines.

Yahzee hikes through along near the point, rifle held ready as he squints to be sure no enemy's spotted.

Yahzee whispers, "Looks like a road ahead, or somethin." nodding towards the north where the trees seem to thin.

Woods nods, "See anyone there?" Woods asks quietly, trying to see himself.

Jenkins moves up to another forward position a peers into the gloom to the north. "No trees" Is his report when he returns to Woods.

Gibbs peers northish, "Emm, aren't there sposed to be marines landin? I can hear the water…"

Yahzee shakes his head. "Don't got a good look yet." He crouches down, trying to take that good look north.

Yahzee whispers, "Looks clear, but it's dark."

Jenkins looks at Gibbs then back to Woods again. "Good point, can't hear any gunfire yet." He frowns and looks to the eastern flank too, just incase.

Woods nods, "Ok. Move north when ready," He murmurs and signals.

Yahzee turns to Woods, "You sure? They could be on the bridge. That road crosses the river jest west uh there."

Woods blinks, then frowns. "Should we go west then north?" He asks quietly.

Jenkins looks at Yahzee, then at Woods. He roots for Woods on this one by starting to crawl north a few inches, if he's going to get shot at he might as well not be wet.

Yahzee just whispers softly, "Maybe one scout ahead, to be sure. Or a scout goes down into the river, lookin' north to be sure and signals."

Woods nods, "Alright I'll go so I can signal back," He smiles. He starts northwards then.

Yahzee nods slowly, but doesn't show enthusiasm. He's a bit grim, holding the rifle and waiting with the north still in his view.

«Report from Woods» Nothing so far, taking a look north and any other way you want checked?

«Report from Yahzee» Check west to bridge and see if clear.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Nobuo shoots in the general direction of North <N> with its Arisaka Type 38!

«Report from Woods» I hear rifles to the north at 4, 12. Checking west now then. Three Japs spotted, one in a hut.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Ichiro shoots in the general direction of North <N> with his Arisaka Type 99!

«Command from Woods» THey're shooting to the north for some reason.

«Command from Woods» I hear rifles to the north at 4, 12. Checking west now then. Three Japs spotted, one in a hut.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Ichiro shoots in the general direction of North <N> with his Arisaka Type 99!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Shinobu shoots in the general direction of North <N> with his Arisaka Type 99!

«Command from Woods» West Clear. Move up.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Jenkins winces as the shots come up from the north. "Well?" He asks, trying to get a good look into the village.

Yahzee whispers, "Get in cover before shootin'. Maybe close in?" over to Woods.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Woods counts heads before he does anything else. One, two… there, all his marines. He tilts his head, "Two were outside, one in a hut. So make it for cover if you can, yeah." A smile to Yahzee.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Up ahead, bursts of rifle fire are everywhere. The amphibious company of marines is charging down from the north, taking heavy fire from the Japanese holed up in Matanikau village.

Yahzee points to the north east. "Rainforest on the east side of that ville. We got good cover if we make it there." As Woods speaks, he quiets and nods. "We go in then?"

Woods nods, "Yeah, we've got a division or two flanking us they said." Was it east or west? Shoot. "If you've got good range, go there. I'm useless at range, so I'll be going in."

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Jenkins say, "I see one in what looks like a church." A frown at that. "If we don't go right at them a lot of marines could die."

Yahzee adds quietly, "Japs look like they're in the open. Not hidden in bunkers."

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Yahzee corrects, "Cept for the one in the church. Bet he's sniping."

Woods nods, "Alright. I'm going in. Go in if you need to be that close or cover fire if you're best from afar." Woods starts northwards.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Gibbs stays afar, going prone and wiggling behind some sparse cover as best he can, getting ready to shoot.

Yahzee is delayed, having taken time to look. But he, too, begins to sneak across the road to head into the village.

Jenkins nods and follows. "I'll get the one in the church" he mutters.

«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Masaru but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

Nobuo gives Ichiro a hard look. No hope. He tries not to think too much about those words, contemplating the sharp pont of his bayonet. It could be used for ritual suicide purposes…

Masaru hears someone new shooting at him. He turns sharply.

Ichiro blinks, `Where was that?` He looks over his shoulder, ~South~
Jenkins edges through the village, making his way to largest building in the shadows.

Yahzee sneaks into the village, fairly open ground. The nighttime darkness is being used as best he can to keep himself hidden, though.

«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Masaru but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

Shinobu sees one, ~There!~
«Ground Combat» Shinobu fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Yahzee but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Ichiro fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Jenkins but misses!
«Ground Combat» Masaru fires his Arisaka Type 38 at Gibbs and hits!
Gibbs suffers 2 wound damage to his head.
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Yahzee draws up his hand to motion signals. He points to one side, to a hut, and holds up two fingers. Then towards the church, holding up one finger, and then makes a broader gesture to open ground and holds up two fingers.

Masaru nods to Shinobu. He sees him. He shoots him, even.

«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Masaru but misses!

Jenkins makes it into the large building unoticed and looks for the sniper at the window, he see's Woods come in to and points the man out.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

«Ground Combat» Nobuo reloads its Arisaka Type 38!

Yahzee follows the others sneaking into the church.

«Ground Combat» Woods fires his Reising SMG at Shinobu but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Shinobu fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Yahzee but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Kaito fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Woods but misses!
«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Ichiro but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

«Ground Combat» Ichiro fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Jenkins but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Woods fires his Reising SMG at Shinobu and hits!
Shinobu suffers 3 wound damage to his right hand.
Shinobu suffers 4 wound damage to his right arm.
Shinobu suffers 7 wound damage to his right arm.
Shinobu suffers 7 wound damage to his right chest.
«Ground Combat» You shoot at Shinobu with your Reising SMG! Your accuracy is 79 percent!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Matanikou Village (4 12)!
«Ground Combat» Shinobu has been mortally wounded!

Yahzee tries to lunge at the Japanese soldier in the church tower that shoots at him.

«Ground Combat» Masaru fires his Arisaka Type 38 at Gibbs but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Woods pops out like an angry badger, with the help of Jenkins. He sends the taller man a grateful smile.

«Ground Combat» Nobuo fires its Arisaka Type 38 at Woods and hits!
Woods suffers 6 wound damage to his left arm.
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Shinobu fires and then gets riddled with bullets! ~Gah~

Nobuo aims at Woods' arms. Because he knows THAT HURTS THE MOST.

«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Masaru and hits!
Masaru suffers 2 wound damage to his left leg.

Jenkins lets the man fall from his post and replaces him trying to get a Jap on the outside.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

Yahzee gets splattered by blood as Woods shoots a burst. As the man goes down, he quickly turns to Woods. "Medic", trying to wave Kappedal forward.

«Ground Combat» Jenkins fires his Garand at Nobuo but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Kaito fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Jenkins but misses!

«Ground Combat» Yahzee fires his M1941 Johnson at Ichiro and hits!
Ichiro suffers 6 wound damage to his abdomen.
«Ground Combat» Ichiro fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Jenkins but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Ichiro has been mortally wounded!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Masaru fires his Arisaka Type 38 at Gibbs but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Yahzee fires off a shot, gutting one of the Japanese men in the open .

«Ground Combat» Nobuo fires its Arisaka Type 38 at Woods and hits!
Woods suffers 5 wound damage to his left arm.
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!
«Ground Combat» Woods has been mortally wounded!

«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Masaru but misses!

Ichiro fires, and Bang! He looks down as his entrails slide out in a mess of grey, greasy tubing.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

Jenkins turns his fire to the one shooting him, from a hut.

Woods yelps as he's shot in revenge. Blood does indeed, splatter at this range. He gets shot twice and falls, weakened considerably by his injuries.

Yahzee spots Woods get hit, badly, and abandons his fire to try to reach for the smaller man to grab the first aid kit.

«Ground Combat» Kaito fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Yahzee but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Jenkins lowers his gun and rushes to Woods. He see's Kappedal and gives him what hand he can.

Kappedal goes skidding into the church, panting as he drops to his knees by Woods.

«Ground Combat» Masaru fires his Arisaka Type 38 at Gibbs but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Nobuo fires its Arisaka Type 38 at Jenkins but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Nobuo but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

Jenkins watches for a moment to make sure to make sure the blood had stopped and goes back to taking pot shots from the window.

Woods doesn't seem to be moving very much. He seems to be half the man he used to, in terms of being armed. It's /there/, just dinged badly and he's got more blood than a Twilight Convention.

«Ground Combat» Jenkins fires his Garand at Kaito but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Yahzee nods quickly, letting his breath out in relief. "Got 'im, whew." to Kappedal. "All yours, corpsman." as the Marine turns to search for a target for his rifle to greet.

«Ground Combat» Yahzee fires his M1941 Johnson at Masaru but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Masaru fires his Arisaka Type 38 at Gibbs but misses!
«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Masaru but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Shinobu has no one rushing to HIS aid. Bastards.
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

«Ground Combat» Kaito fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Yahzee but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Yahzee fires off a snap shot at the other man in the open, but it's a miss.

«Ground Combat» Nobuo fires its Arisaka Type 38 at Jenkins but misses!

Kappedal ducks his head down as rifle fire continues, his heart pounding as he presses his hands down on Woods' ripped carotid artery. Holy fucking shit.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Jenkins memorises the hut where all the shooting is coming from and tries to slip out of the church under cover.

Yahzee calls out, "Two Japs in hut!" and motions over to a little hut.

Jenkins shouts back, "On it." he creeps along.

«Ground Combat» Kaito fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Yahzee and hits!
Yahzee suffers 4 wound damage to his left chest.
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Nobuo fires its Arisaka Type 38 at Jenkins but misses!
«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Masaru but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

Yahzee calls again, "Covering fire on that hut." to Gibbs.

Woods is in a world of hurt. His eyes are wide, and somewhere between 'overwhelming pain' and 'I see the light at the end of the tunnel', he whispers a little thanks to Kappedal or whomever really. Is Colonel Sanders at the gates of heaven?

«Ground Combat» Yahzee fires his M1941 Johnson at Nobuo but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Yahzee fires off a shot as he gets slammed back into the church's wall, a bullet lodged in his chest.

Jenkins gets to the door of the hut, right where was he, oh yes, grenade, he grabs it.

Kappedal gets Woods at least not-dying and scrambles towards Yahzee, bandages in hand.

«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Kaito but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

«Ground Combat» Masaru fires his Arisaka Type 38 at Gibbs but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Yahzee is shaken, out of breath for a moment as he tries to go prone and crawl into cover.

«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Nobuo but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

Yahzee coughs, nodding graciously to the naval corpsman as his chest wound gets emergency treatment. "Thanks"

Kappedal hauls a strip of bandages out of his bag, pressing and tying over the gunshot wound to Yahzee's chest. "I got it, Garrett…it's stopping."

Jenkins pulls the pin and lets the bomb cook before dodging in and out again with a nade leaving his hand.

«Ground Combat» Jenkins fires his Mk2 Pineapple at Nobuo and hits!
Nobuo suffers 8 wound damage to its right leg.
Nobuo suffers 3 wound damage to its right hand.
Nobuo suffers 2 wound damage to its right hand.
Nobuo suffers 7 wound damage to its right arm.
Nobuo suffers 1 wound damage to its left chest.
«Ground Combat» Jenkins fires his Mk2 Pineapple at Kaito and hits!
Kaito suffers 7 wound damage to his right chest.
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Grenades from Matanikou Village (4 12)!
«Ground Combat» Kaito has been mortally wounded!

«Ground Combat» Masaru fires his Arisaka Type 38 at Gibbs but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Nobuo fires its Arisaka Type 38 at Jenkins but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Masaru but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

Nobuo is torn up pretty brutally by the grenade blast. He fares better than his friend Kaito, however, who ends up in bits all over the hut.

Yahzee tries to sit up, "I'll try to shoot, to cover Jenkins." as he lifts his rifle again.

«Ground Combat» Yahzee fires his M1941 Johnson at Nobuo but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Masaru fires his Arisaka Type 38 at Jenkins but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Masaru and hits!
Masaru suffers 2 wound damage to his left leg.
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

Jenkins looks in as the dust clears from the hut, and is shot at for his trouble, "Right time to clean up." He moves over to the dangerously crippled Nobuo, bayonet raised.

Yahzee fires snap shots into the hut, trying to hit the remaining enemy target.

«Ground Combat» Jenkins moves to engage Nobuo in close quarters combat, but fails.
«Ground Combat» Nobuo fires its Arisaka Type 38 at Jenkins but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Nobuo fires his rifle at Jenkins. Feebly.

Kappedal nods quickly to Yahzee, he skids on his knees back over to Woods, picking up where he left off with that pressure. His bloody fingers press into the hollow of Woods' neck. Pulse there. Thready. "There you go…stay with me, Vince. You did real good."

«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Masaru but misses!
«Ground Combat» Yahzee fires his M1941 Johnson at Nobuo and hits!
Nobuo suffers 1 wound damage to its left chest.
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Masaru fires his Arisaka Type 38 at Jenkins and hits!
Jenkins suffers 3 wound damage to his right hand.

Yahzee draws up to take another snap shot, that one seeming to get close.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Jenkins manages to trip on entrails, he gets up again and proceeds, slightly less menecingly.

«Ground Combat» Jenkins moves to engage Nobuo in close quarters combat, and succeeds!
«Ground Combat» Nobuo attacks Jenkins in melee combat with its Arisaka Type 38 but Jenkins blocks it!

«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Masaru but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

Yahzee hears a shot from outside the hut, and frowning turns to direct his aim towards the Japanese soldier in the open.

«Ground Combat» Jenkins attacks Nobuo in melee combat with his Garand but misses!
«Ground Combat» Yahzee fires his M1941 Johnson at Masaru and hits!
Masaru suffers 1 wound damage to his right leg.
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Nobuo puts up a fight. If, indeed, 'fight' is any sort of word to describe the desperate, pathetic lurching that the poor Japanese man gives as his life's blood spills out of him.

Yahzee pings a shot that might've hit, too dark to see for sure.

Woods just smiles feebly at Kappedal. He's sort of here. He doesn't seem to be bleeding out anymore. He watches mutely, although perhaps he seems grateful.

«Ground Combat» Masaru fires his Arisaka Type 38 at Yahzee but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Nobuo attacks Jenkins in melee combat with its Arisaka Type 38 but misses!
«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Masaru but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

«Ground Combat» Yahzee fires his M1941 Johnson at Masaru but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Jenkins manages to miss the prone Jap, while the man who has no legs left struggles to get at him, he doesn't stop however, moving up closer his face setg in hate. "Take that you bastard!"

«Ground Combat» Jenkins attacks Nobuo in melee combat with his Garand and hits! Nobuo suffers 3 wound damage to its left chest.
«Ground Combat» Nobuo has been mortally wounded!

Yahzee pings off another shot, this one going wild due to his chest wound.

Nobuo is finally given a mortal blow. He groans and turns his dying gaze to Yahzee, almost grateful for it.

Masaru suddenly finds himself all alone. He reloads his rifle, eyes shifting around in a decidedly nervous fashion.

Kappedal grins back at Woods, the heel of his hand holding that artery shut. Fredricks'll have a good time with this one. "They're cleaning up out there, Vince. They're doing great. We're going to be outta here in no time."

Yahzee rises to aim the rifle with another quick shot at the man in the open.

«Ground Combat» Yahzee fires his M1941 Johnson at Masaru but misses!

Jenkins stabs Nobuo messily through the chest, he looks on as the man's head moves, lowering his gun for a moment. Then he kicks the dieing man.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!
«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Masaru but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

«Ground Combat» Jenkins fires his Garand at Masaru but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Masaru fires his Arisaka Type 38 at Gibbs but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Jenkins finishes up with the dramatic stuff and pops out of the door to get the lonely Jap.

«Ground Combat» Jenkins fires his Garand at Masaru but misses!
«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Masaru but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

«Ground Combat» Yahzee fires his M1941 Johnson at Masaru but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Yahzee fires another quick shot, the darkness affecting his aim.

«Ground Combat» Masaru fires his Arisaka Type 38 at Yahzee but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Jenkins fires his Garand at Masaru and hits!
Masaru suffers 1 wound damage to his right arm.
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Masaru and hits!
Masaru suffers 7 wound damage to his left arm.
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

«Ground Combat» Yahzee fires his M1941 Johnson at Masaru but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Jenkins pops out for another pot shot, he hits something, but doesn't notice as he's back in the hut again.

«Ground Combat» Jenkins fires his Garand at Masaru and hits!
Masaru suffers 7 wound damage to his right arm.
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Yahzee continues his covering fire, rather wildly shooting bullets near the lone Japanese soldier still fighting.

«Ground Combat» Masaru fires his Arisaka Type 38 at Jenkins but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!

Woods … attempts a feeble grin. Woo, blood loss. He's grateful. A slow nod, "… payback, that's good," He murmurs softly. "Glad they're safe." He closes his eyes to gather his addled brain cells. Apparently the fugue that plagued his ancestors in times of bloodloss rests on Woods as well.

«Ground Combat» Gibbs fires his Garand at Masaru but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (4 11)!

Masaru cries out in sharp pain as the Marine bullets cut into his shoulders. Wrecking his aim, that is.

«Ground Combat» Jenkins fires his Garand at Masaru but misses!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!
Yahzee whispers over to Woods, "this one's for you, little buddy." before rising to stand and fire more aggressively.

Kappedal nods quickly. "They're good. Everyone's fine." Pressure on the arm, baby, yeah. "They're out there following orders." A little grin.

«Ground Combat» Jenkins fires his Garand at Masaru and hits!
Masaru suffers 8 wound damage to his right arm.
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Matanikou Village (4 12)!
«Ground Combat» Masaru has been taken out!

Yahzee then foolishly realises…click…no bullets in the clip!

Masaru gets ready to make a final charge…but he doesn't make it far.

Yahzee snaps in a new clip, ducking back down after Jenkins takes out the enemy.

Yahzee turns to the Navy corpsman and the wounded Woods, "How's he doin, Kap?"

Gunfire continues to rage in the small village just to the north, but the frequency of the rifle blasts that way are dying too. The sounds of marines shouting in English carries through the night air, anger turning gradually to triumph as their fire begins to mow down a weakened Japanese force, decimating the garrison.

Jenkins pops up for another shot, he watches as the running man falls, ducking down to reload in the hut. He sits on a finger, ew, he looks around, and throws up.

Kappedal looks up at Yahzee. His hands are covered in Woods' blood up to where arterial spurts fanned all over his upper sleeve. "He's alive. Have to get him back to Fredricks soon as he can. But he's breathing. He can hear me I know. He's smiling like an idiot."

Woods smiles softly at Yahzee's comment. Daw. He nods slowly, trying to fend his way out of the fog settling in over his mind. Curse you uncle for passing on your curse! At least he's not asking about the pope. He tries not to chuckle at Kappedal's comment. Well, if he had the energy too. One can tell that's the intention.

Yahzee nods firmly, "Woods is gonna make it!" called out to the other Marines. "Hey Gibbs, clear to fall in." called south. A big grin forms as he proudly lifts one hand to show Jenkins a thumbs-up.

Yahzee turns to look south, speaking lower, "Gibbs looks like he took a bullet. Can't make out how bad from here."

Jenkins crawls out of the very messy hut and takes some deep breaths. He leans agaisnt the wall of another hut, and reloads his gun, only then looking around for fellow marines, he looks up at Yahzee. "Good!" He shouts back. "We got them back." That could sound more enthusiastic.

Bodies are strewn everywhere, small fires burning sections of huts and releasing thick curls of black smoke into the night sky. Of all those bodies, nearly a hundred when someone takes a count, only four will be American.

Kappedal waves Gibbs over towards him. He's not moving far from Woods, but he's got more bandages to dole out. "Let me see. How are they doing to the north out there?"

Yahzee keeps watch from the church, eyes south to make sure Pvt Gibbs can crawl from the road to join. His rifle's ready to try to pick off any Japanese straggler that might accost the Marine.

Woods is indeed, a happy, patient … patient. The fugue that strikes him leaves him unaware, but in a happy daze. Good news pours in. Still, he wears a faintly stupid smile. "We'll … have to tell Tavua," He whispers softly.

Yahzee leans to his friend Woods, "Don't worry, buddy. We all did good." and reaches one hand over to offer the wounded man's shoulder a clasp.

Jenkins wipes his brow, finding it bloody. He looks down at his hand. "Christ." He mutters, there's a huge gash across the back of his shooting hand. "How could I not have noticed that." He winces, the pain stating to claw at him.

Kappedal exhales slowly, looking up and Yahzee and then sitting up a little to try and see across the way at Jenkins. "Can you get over?" He calls to Jenkins. "I don't want to leave Vince."

Woods looks like he wants to get up - but is torn between being helpful and annoying the medic. He looks to Kappedal, perhaps curious.

Jenkins looks up. "Oh yeah that." He gets up to go to the church and holds his hand out meekly, diverting his gaze to Woods. "Yahzee said he was ok." He says, as if saying that will make him believe it, there's a lot of blood.

Yahzee finally sits down. The bleeding stopped in his chest, but it's still hurting. He's able to breathe, and there's no blood spurting out, so the radioman's happy to just sit there with Woods waiting for relief to come to hold the village.

Woods does look a bit concerned about Yahzee, green eyes flickering over. But it's hard for him to think much in his fugue. He just smiles at the man, keeping him company.

Yahzee turns to give Woods a little grin. A reach over towards the smaller man's uniform to try to give the helmet a playful tap. In a bad imitation of a parrot. "Frankie wants a cracker." and laughs.

«WIGGLY TIME WARP LINES»

Woods is out of it. That's putting it lightly. He's likely born in on a stretcher or helped along, despite wanting to not be a bother really. He still has a faint, relieved expression on his face - utterly at peace with the world. Blood loss woo!

Yahzee is led into the aid station with the other wounded, getting his rushed treatment from the overworked Navy Doctor under the tent.

Jenkins doesn't carry the stretcher, not wanting to aggrivate his hand more than it was already, he sits on a bunk letting the doctor do some stiching then makes way for those more seriously injured.

Fredricks is prepped for incoming and he's hopping around, looking grim as he works on the men. Come in, get knocked out by the Doc and he gets to work. He's sewing together wounds and pulling bullets out, the sounds of plinking bullets mingling with pained groans.

Kappedal's hands are still shaking when he gets back to the aid station close behind the truck of injured, blood spatter covering his hands and chest. He makes way for Woods' stretcher to head back to Fredricks' loving hands, following it partway. Then he turns around, diving back into what he needs to do. Hands washed first, blood scrubbed quickly away into a basin and soap passed under his fingernails.

Fredricks reconstructs a lot of Woods' arm and closes. "Alright, that's good." He nods, seeming satisfied. "Let him sleep off the anesthesia on his own." He moves to Jenkins, starting to work on his arm, "So, how'd it go out there?"

Woods is only half armed and dangerous it seems. He's out when he's operated on. It's likely an impressive feat on Fredricks' part that he's able to put Woods' arm back together. A couple of parrots sit atop a cabinet, watching the men come back, feathers fluffed. He will wake up eventually, likely if someone comes in or addresses him.

Jenkins shrugs, "Can't say I saw many of our lot dead." A wince as the needle goes in. "We got the village no trouble, did what we set out to do."

Fredricks nods to Jenkins, "Well, that's good." He smiles, looking to the man, "Don't worry, this isn't too bad, you'll just need a little while healing."

Jenkins shurgs listlessly. "Been to you with worse." He mutters, a long pause. "Will you excuse me a sec?" He asks

Fredricks wraps the hand up, "Just a second.." He finishes, and nods, "There, Alright You're good. Don't do anything too stressful with that hand."

Many wounded, but at the end of the day the death count will be hearteningly low. Kappedal's busy elsewhere in the tent for a time, circling round after Fredricks' various stitichings and surgeries. Hanging IVs, wrapping up minor wounds, scribbling vitals on charts. As things begin to calm a little bit, he wipes off his hands and steps up closer to Woods' cot, blue eyes watching the American and then looking up at the parrots. Daww.

Jenkins stands up and stumbles out of the aid sation. He pauses a moment and fumbles for his canteen. He takes a sip before dropping it, falling on his hands and knees and throwing up again. "Damn Japs." He mutters between wretching. "Can't even leave me alone after they die."

Woods is asleep for a good while. The parrots greet Kappedal, with a Hello! and a Hey! Woods is peaceful, looking like he'd taped a mummy's arm to his own. He will flicker awake, eyelids fluttering. "Who…"

Fredricks watches Jenkins and winces. Can't really help with that. He moves around the other wounded, working on Yahzee for the timebeing.

"Shhh." Kappedal lifts a finger putting it to his lips. Like birds know what that means or something. He rubs his pale cheek, looking down at Woods at the movement. "Hey, Vince. Don't move. You're back at the aid station, doc's just worked on that arm. You look good."

Jenkins stops, wiping his mouth on his muddy sleave. He wanders off to return with a shovel, and leaves again with a full shovel towards the latrines. When he returns he takes a gulp from the canteen and walks back into the aid tent. All this done stiffly and with a neutral expression on his face.

The birds just peer at Kappedal quietly, dark eyes warm and friendly - as they can be at any rate. They are quiet for now, perhaps understanding. Woods himself blinks a few times, looking blank and wide eyed. "I want to stretch… my arm feels funny," He admits. Then he looks to his left arm and 'ohs' softly. "Ah. Thank you - guys then," A slow nod. Woods yawns.

Fredricks finishes and moves back to Woods, stepping up, "Well, sleeping beauty is awake." He smirks to Woods, "How're you feeling?"

Woods stirs slowly, he's having a hard time not pushing down with his arms. He smiles up at Fredricks, "Haha. I am," Nod. "I'm - awake. I don't know how I feel. Sort of foggy. Grateful."

"Don't move it," Kappedal repeats quickly, talking under his breath. As Fredricks comes up he steps back a little bit, remembering to pull his helmet off for the first time since coming in here.

Jenkins looks over to Woods as he speaks. He approaches, eyeing the birds with a new wariness. "I got a quick look at the bodies we recovered." he says to no one in particular. "Saw one of the natives, but no sign of Tavua." He still can't pronouce the name properly. "He could be alive." With that awfully phrased message delivered in the flatest tone of voice he can manage he falls silent and eyes the two birds.

Fredricks nods to Woods, "Well, you just rest." He looks to Jenkins, "Tavua?" He shrugs, "I'm kind of out of the loop." He looks to Kappedal, and nods, "I've noticed your work on these boys. Nicely done. You wanna sit down?"

"Right," Woods nods. "It's hard not to." He admits this quietly. The birds watch Jenkins now, Elly greeting: "Hello!" Her voice is low at least. "Really?" WOods' eyes widen. "Tavua- Tavua is alive, we met him the other day. I wonder if that's Jacob," He closes his eyes, thoughts going garbled. His brain wasn't ready for that. "And yeah, I think if it weren't for Ben and the others, my goose would be cooked."

Kappedal clears his throat quietly at Woods, for some reason. A pause, then he shakes his head. "When God means you live or die…that's what you do. Doc did good on your arm though, you should be moving around in no time." He gives Woods a faint grin and then shakes his head to Fredricks. "No, doc, I'm fine." Helmet set down, he pulls his kippah out of some inner pocket. It goes with him on missions, and now it's clipped to his head. He smiles a little at Jenkins, kind of. "Is Yahzee okay?"

Jenkins tries to make himself clear. "He and the other native lad, they went missing a few days ago, during a patrol." He pauses, "You met him the other day?" A start at the hello and a worried look in Elly's direction. "Well I thought…" He trails off again, he's done that a lot lately. "I was worried." He mutters and turns away.

Fredricks looks to Jenkins and nods, "So was I. It's good news to know he's alright, though." He looks to Kappedal, and nods, "Just like Yahzee. He'll be fine. needs some rest and time to heal, but he'll be back on his feet in no time."

Woods winces at the throat clearing. "Oh… well, least we've good news," Tavua should be happy they won one and cleared a village yeah? "But you don't - give yourself enough credit. Thought I was a goner, saw some bright light," Rambleramble. He grins back. The parrots eye the kippah. Oooh, cool hat. "Yeah, the navy brought him back," Woods rambles softly. "I'm glad I saw him." He has to go quiet a moment.

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