The Third Division, crossing the center of the island, split Japanese forces in two by reaching the sea, and sent back a canteen of seawater (for inspecting, not drinking, they explained) to prove their accomplishment.
The talk of the men that night, like last words, had special significance for Hudson. He weighed their words against who they were and who they wanted to be.
The Marines placed barbed wire in front of them so nobody could crawl in and enjoyed the novelty of building a defensive position.
Tired men forgot why they should care about safety, failed to notice threats, and spent too much willpower on just getting up in the morning.
Knowledge of how to handle combat was irrelevant to a Marine too exhausted to respond to what was happening.