... having trouble walking later on when we were out there under
the welded-together barrels parachuting down from the B29s when we were being
supplied from Saipan. In that case it was the puncture vine seeds that
inflicted terrible pain on our bare feet as we ran to get away from
what we supposed was the trajectory of the barrels. Looking up in the
air and not at the ground, we would run right into a patch of puncture vine.
The pain was awful and we would have to pick the spiky seeds out of our feet
and then try to find a way out of the patch without picking up more.
All I remember:
... of the chutes was dark green. But that was
a long time ago and details like that may be wrong. I remember the B-29
chutes being made into landing markers for future runs and that an
adjacent village made some of their own and confused the pilots enough
that they dumped their loads there, instead of on our markers.
... I was standing with Major Staiger when he saw the misdirected chutes going down.
He pulled his pistol and went off toward the village. Later a couple of wagons
came back with all the stuff loaded on them. Those chutes were red as I