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a rifle squad.
a member of that squad.
We were at Guadalcanal,
and when it was secure
we were pulled out for rest, refitting,
replacements and retraining.
Let that go.
After the canal, we were sent to
Camp Paekakariki in New Zealand.
Here we received our replacements,
marines from Stateside,
a long way from Stateside, 8,000 miles.
I can see you're a man
who knows how to live.
- Solid comfort.
- Solid malaria.
- Malaria, huh? Contagious?
- No, not this week. You can stay.
Nice place you got here.
Regazzi's my name, Benny Regazzi.
Bob Dunne. I'm duty NCO today.
Great. Meet my friends. This big guy
is "Handsome" Dan Shipley.
- What a physique!
The girls see him and faint. He comes
through this, I'll make him a movie star!
Those two guys, Flynns.
That's Eddie and that's Frank.
- Hi, Eddie.
- Hello, Bob.
They don't drink. I got their beer ration.
- And Georgie Hellenopolis, an Irishman.
- Hello, sport.
- Off your sack on the ship. Why?
- They're mine, that's why.
- I've seen lots in those bags that aren't.
- Come on, give me.
- "Semper fi", Mac.
Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love.
- By the way, who's the squad leader?
- Sergeant Stryker.
- What's he like?
- You'll find out.
I've been in New Zealand two hours
- I hope he knows his stuff.
- Maybe we'll get liberty.
- We ain't replacements any more.
- Where is he? Where's the sergeant?
- Well, what do you know? Stryker.
- Hello, Thomas.
- Thought you were in the First.
- I was. Sit down.
Just sit down, Thomas, anywhere.
My name is Stryker,
Sergeant John M Stryker.
Three of us have seen action: Corporal
Dunne, Charlie Bass and myself.
You'll learn from us. In boot camp
you learned out of a book.
learn things that haven't been printed.
Any man that doesn't want to cooperate,
I'll make him wish he hadn't been born.
Before I'm through with you, you're
gonna move and think like one man.
If you don't, you'll be dead.
You guys have had a nice easy day.
I hope you enjoyed it because
it's the last one you'll get for a long time.
you'll get your chance. I'll show you how.
another. But I'll get the job done.
The skipper of this outfit
is Captain Joyce.
10,000 sergeants in this corps
and I draw Stryker!
You knew this guy before?
Yeah. We were stationed
together in China.
Twice he kept me from promotion.
Turned me in once.
30 days I got.
Must have done something to get busted
to three stripes.
What did he turn you in for?
For... That's not important!
Maybe he didn't write the manual, but
you can bet he can recite it backwards!
- Front and back, Mac.
- Say, isn't your name Al Thomas?
- Weren't you a fighter?
- Just in the Marines.
- Runner-up in the heavyweight division.
- Tell him who you were runner-up to.
Stryker. Lucky punch.
Meet your new manager.
Tell him why you lost your stripes.
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