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'[During the night the squad is guarding a trenchline amid a threat of Japanese counterattack, and hears a faint voice calling "Corpsman"]
PFC Benny Regazzi: [whispering] Stryker!
Sgt. Stryker: [whispering] Get down! Stay down! You have your orders, don't move!
PFC Peter Conway: [whispering] There's somebody wounded out there.
Sgt. Stryker: Quiet.
PFC Peter Conway: Let's go get him!
Sgt. Stryker: (as Conway starts out of the trench Stryker shoves him back down) Stay down, it might be a Jap trick, they pulled it off plenty of times at Guadalcanal.
PFC Peter Conway: That doesn't sound like a Jap to me!
Sgt. Stryker: I don't care what it sounds like to you! You stick your head up, you'll tip our position.
[the voice resumes, and now they recognize it as Bass]
PFC Charlie Bass: Stryker!
PFC Peter Conway: That's Bass. How many Japs know your name, Stryker? That's Bass, you know his voice!
Sgt. Stryker: Shut up.
PFC Peter Conway: Aren't you human at all? Don't you know a friend of yours might be dying?
Sgt. Stryker: (still anxious to avoid a confrontation) Knock it off!
PFC Peter Conway: (uncontrollably seething) Just like my father taught you, be a good Marine, be tough! Well you can sit here and be tough if you want to, but I'm going on to get that guy and the only way you can stop me is to kill me!
(but as Conway starts out of the trench Stryker jams his rifle into his face and chambers a round)
Sgt Stryker: That's JUST what I'll do!
(After a few tense moments Conway returns to the trench as Bass continues to plead for Stryker, and Stryker can be seen sweating ever more, fearing he indeed is letting a friend die)
PFC Al Thomas: What's this all about?
Sgt. Stryker: Just that I hate your guts!
(Stryker punches Thomas once, then again, and a full-scale fight erupts before Stryker overpowers him)
Sgt. Stryker: You doped off and got one of my men killed and one of them bayonetted! You haven't had enough, get on your feet!
PCF Al Thomas: (now realizing why Stryker is so angry, he tries to explain) Stryker....
(Stryker knocks him down with another blow)
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