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 .
The young Marine stopped breathing.
Kuhn ran over to help Goodacre get the student Marine to breathe again.