LAGRANGE WAS THE LOADER
Both of our tanks were tossed into the air
like toys. The one I was driving was blown
into the air and tumbled end over end and
came to rest down the ridge, trapping all
of us inside.
The blast, according to other survivors and
witnesses, was more violent than the one
that detonated in the Malinta tunnels. The
explosion sent Japanese and paratrooper
bodies, arm, legs, and torsos flying into
the air. The entire island was shaken as if
an earthquake had struck.
They borrowed an acetylene torch from a
Seventh Fleet destroyer and cut our tank
open to get me out. They tell me it was
incredible that the rescuers found that I
was still alive. My right arm was near
severed, I had numerous skull fractures, and
my lungs burned like hell.
tank commander, was blown in half, and died
from shock when he saw both his legs were
gone. Jenkins was the gunner, and he lost
his legs. Larry Farris
was assistant driver. When the
explosion happened the 75 mm went through
him backwards. Lagrange was the loader. The
gun mounting blew and crushed his head.