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: Look, I've had to make a few other changes. I'm promoting you, to platoon sergeant. Mike Strank
: Thank you, sir. I appreciate it. Captain Severance
: You bet. Mike Strank
: The trouble is, I already told my men I'd see them through this. Captain Severance
: That your James Cagney impersonation? 'Cause I've heard better. Mike Strank
: Well, I'll keep practicing, then. Captain Severance
: Look, this isn't your first time through this. You don't need to prove anything. Mike Strank
: No, sir. Captain Severance
: You're not the *best* sergeant I've ever had, just the best one that's still walking. Block's a good man. Mike Strank
: Yes, sir, he is. Captain Severance
: The men know him, he can step right in. You know, I have actually thought this through. Platoon sergeant puts you further away from the bullets. Mike Strank
: I already gave them my word, sir. I told them I'd bring them all home to their mothers, which means I already lied to half of them. Can't lie to the rest.
: This isn't just any island to them. This isn't Tarawa, Guam, Tinian, or Saipan. This is Japanese soil, sacred ground. Twelve thousand Japanese defenders in eight square miles, they will not leave politely, gentlemen! It's up to us to convince them.