History | In a bloody Pacific battle, Fred Castillo evaded shelling but left with emotional scars
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 9/10/20, 11:36 am
Second in a series on war veterans
The 19-year-old Marine dug through volcanic black beach sand, carving out a foxhole to protect himself from a terrifying barrage of Japanese artillery. He abandoned his rifle when its muzzle embedded in the choking sand, rendering it useless, and picked up another from a nearby dead infantryman. His most pressing thought: survival.