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Old November 30, 2019, 08:11 PM   #489
4V50 Gary
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Strike up the Band!

At Luzon, the Twenty-fifth Infantry Division band was entertaining the patients and staff of the Sixty-third Portable Surgical Hospital when the performance was interrupted by the staccatto of Japanese .25 caliber fire. The medical corpsman and the band rushed the patients to safety. Afterward the musicians picked up rifles, formed a skirmish line and under the direction of Warrant Officer and Band Director Raymond Rike (Dallas, Texas), hunted down the Japanese soldier who had rudely disrupted the performance. Victorious, the musicians returned the rifles and after picking up their instruments, finished the show.

From the High Point Enterprise (North Carolina), May 15, 1945, p. 3.
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