32nd Infantry ‘Red Arrow Division’ - First In, Last Out

Pfc. R.L. Owens was in water up to his neck in a jungle in New Guinea and the Japanese were laying down heavy fire on his company. It was December 18, 1942. He was fortunate enough to have a log to protect him from enemy fire, but shrapnel caught him in the nose and he “bled a lot, but continued to help out his men.” He spent several weeks in a field hospital due to his injury and malaria on Good Enough Island, where Army hospitals had been set up to treat the casualties. He said the running joke was that Good Enough Island was “good enough for you, but not for me.” After recovering, he was returned to the front lines where he fought for two more years.