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: Do you ever wonder if this war's going to catch up with us?
: Rafe I'm pregnant... I didn't even know until the day you turned up alive... and then all this happened... I haven't told Danny... I don't want him to know. All he needs to think about is how to do this mission and get back alive. Oh Rafe, all I ever wanted was for us to have a home and grow old together, but life never asked me what I wanted. Now I'm going to give Danny my whole heart... but I don't think I'll ever look at another sunset without thinking of you... I'll love you my whole life.
: You are so beautiful it hurts. Evelyn
: It's your nose that hurts. Rafe
: I think it's my heart.
: You died Rafe. So did I.
: Most officers would have thrown you in the brig. Evelyn
: Most nurses would've gone on to somebody else instead of keeping their fingers plugged in your artery.
: Oh, but it's such a long story. Nurse Martha
: We've got time.
: How can I not feel this way? I kinda' like it. Evelyn
: Oh, you do.
: J, L, M, K, P, O, E, T, X. Eyes like an eagle, ma'am. Evelyn
: Slow down, flyboy. And instead of the bottom, read the very top. Both eyes. Rafe
: Yeah. C. Sorry, J.
: C, W, uh, Q, uh, Q Evelyn
] Read the bottom line again, please, but read it right to left and every other letter. Rafe
: E, X... Danny
: X, E. Rafe
: X, E. X, E, ma'am. Ma'am, I know how this looks. Evelyn
: I'm sorry, Lieutenant. I really am, but army and navy requires 20/20 vision. Rafe
: Oh, I... It's not a problem with my eyes. I mean, I can see. I mean I can hit a runnin' rabbit with a $3.00 pistol. I got a problem with letters, that's all. Evelyn
: Well, maybe after some schooling, you could come back and take the test again. Rafe
: No, I had schooling. I mean, the teachers just never knew what to make of it, I... It's just letters. I mix 'em up sometimes. That's all. I mean, I just get 'em backword sometimes. Look here. My math and spatial reasoning and my verbal scores are all excellent. Evelyn
: But you barely passed the written exam. Danny
: Yeah, but he did pass it. So it's my turn now? Evelyn
: No, you'll wait your turn. Danny
: Yes, ma'am. Rafe
: Ma'am, I'm never gonna be an English teacher. But I know why I'm here: to be a pilot. And you don't dogfight with manuals. You don't fly with gauges. I mean, it's all about feeling and speed, and lettin' that plane become like a part of your body. And that manual says that a guy who's a slow reader can't be a good pilot. That file says I'm the best pilot in this room. Ma'am, please, don't take my wings.
: If I had one more night to live... I'd wanna spend it with you.
: Every night I watch the sunset and soak up every last ray of its warmth, and send it from my heart to yours.
: You know, the only thing that scares me is that you might love him more than you love me. Evelyn
: I love YOU, Danny.
[while Evelyn is fixing up a cut on Doris Miller's head
: [referring to the cut
] Where'd you get this? Dorie Miller
: Boxin'. Evelyn
: You win? Dorie Miller
: Yes, Ma'am. Evelyn
: And what do you get for winning? Dorie Miller
: You're acting like I didn't love you. Rafe
: Evelyn, loving you kept me alive.
: Hold on a second, Miss, I really, really lick you.
: Like you. I didn't mean to say that, and I just wanted to know if I could donate dinner, well, buy you dinner. Evelyn
: This isn't your chart. Rafe
: No that's this guy right here I think he left. Evelyn
: Have you already had this shot? Rafe
: Yea well once already yea. Well, I mean can I ask you out? Evelyn
: No. Rafe
[Bangs his nose into the tray of supplies
: Oh. Nurse
: Oo. What'd you do to him?
: You know he taught me to fly, I always knew that not matter what kind of trouble I got into, I wouldn't be in it alone, he'd be there with me. Up there he was always pushin me to be better and faster. Evelyn
: He told me you were a great flyer... The same night he told me, he volunteered to go to England. Danny
: He volunteered? He-he told me he'd been assigned. He was always tryin to protect me. But ya know what I look at myself in the mirror in this uniform... and I still don't know who I am, I look like a hero... but I don't feel like it.
: Rafe... he always looked the part didn't he? Evelyn
: He couldn't wait to be one
: [exiting from theater
] Evelyn! Evelyn
: Danny! Some comedy, huh? Danny
: Yeah. Evelyn
: It's been a while. Danny
: Yeah, I've been busy training and stuff. Evelyn
: Yeah, I've kinda been avoiding you too. Danny
: Listen, do you... Danny
: Do you want to? Evelyn
] When the action is over and we look back, we understand both more and less. This much is certain. Before the Doolittle raid, America knew nothing but defeat. After it, there was hope of victory. Japan realized, for the first time, they could lose and began to pull back. America realized, that she would win and surged forward. It was a war, that changed America and the world. Dorie Miller was the first black American to be awarded the Navy Cross. But he would not be the last. He joined a brotherhood of heroes. World War II, for us, began at Pearl Harbor, and 1.177 men still lie entombed in the battleship Arizona. America suffered, but America grew stronger. It was not inevitable. The times tried our souls, and through the trial, we overcame.
: Are you gonna be a bad influence? Rafe
: Of course I'm a bad influence.
: Two years, they never even let me fire a weapon. Evelyn
: Well, let's hope you never have to.