Combat instructors fight off death, save students' life
The morning of May 26 started like any other day for Sgt. Kirby D. Kuhn and Sgt. William P. Goodacre, Company F, Combat Training Battalion, School of Infantry – East combat instructors. They brushed their teeth. Put their uniforms on. Then, headed to work to train the Marines freshly graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., in advanced weapons techniques.
As their platoon finished its practical application exam of the M203 grenade launcher, Goodacre walked behind the formation. He heard a choking sound as one of his Marines fell to the deck aboard Camp Geiger, a satellite base of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C .
“As soon as that happened, I ran over there and told all the students to look forward and said for a fellow instructor to get the students out of there and around the corner from where we were and to call 911,” Goodacre said. “It looked like she was seizing so I tilted her onto her side and yelled for a corpsman.”
The young Marine stopped breathing.
Kuhn ran over to help Goodacre get the student Marine to breathe again.
“When I ran over, Goodacre had a female Marine on her side because that’s what you are suppose to do when the victim is seizing,” Kuhn said. “She was blue, very blue, and her lips were purple. We decided immediately to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.”