Pfc Robert V. McNamara
WOUNDED MARINE USED CELLOPHANE FOR CUP
Columbia Daily Herald, 3 August 1944
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Scant head is paid by the average person to the cellophane wrapping on a pack of cigarettes. But to Pfc. Robert V. McNamara, 20-year-old Marine who was wounded on Tarawa, it will always have a special significance. McNamara relates that he was wounded in both legs during the early hours of the Tarawa assault. He crawled beneath a damaged Japanese fire truck and lay for hours, unable to move and maddened by thirst that was aggravated by the slow dripping of water from an unreachable spigot on the truck. Remember, finally, a pack of cigarettes he carried, McNamara removed the cellophane wrapper, and, stretching to a point beneath the spigot, he cupped the cellophane in his hand to catch the tepid water. "It was the best drink I ever had in my life," McNamara said.
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