“John still had four NCOs behind him as he approached the end of the runway. They jumped into some foxholes. A mortar round exploded in the hole with the four NCOs. Charlie Company lost more of its leadership. John stood up to run. Bullets hit him in the right groin, the neck, and just about blew off his left arm completely. John Basilone died a painful death in the dirt near Motoyama Airfield Number One.” - The Pacific, page 385.