Merriell Shelton: Saw you readin' last night.
Eugene B. Sledge: My Bible?
Merriell Shelton: Writin', too. Ain't supposed to write shit down, you know. Gives the Japs valuable intel if they find it.
Eugene B. Sledge: Guess I won't show it to 'em, then.
Merriell Shelton: [he grins] Got a smoke?
[Eugene hands him two cigarettes]
Merriell Shelton: Thanks, Sledgehammer.
Cpl. R.V. Burgin: "Sledgehammer." I like that.
PFC Bill Leyden: [in mild disgust] Jesus Christ.
Merriell Shelton: Don't worry, we got a nickname for you too, Bill Leyden. We call you Ball-Peen Hammer. Like a little hammer, for a little man.
PFC Bill Leyden: All right, "Snafu." Shit... 'n' ass... fuck-up.
Merriell Shelton: Little joke from the little man.
[they all smile]
Capt. Andrew Haldane: History is full of wars that were fought for a hundred different reasons. But this war. Our war. I have to believe that it's all worthwhile, because our cause is just.
Capt. Andrew Haldane: History is full of wars that are fought for a hundred different reasons. But this war, our war... I have to believe that every step across that airfield, every man that is wounded, every man I lose... and it is all worthwhile, because our cause is just.
Sgt. Elmo 'Gunny' Haney: Can you believe this bullshit about the dog? Some dog's supposed to smell a Jap before me? I don't think so. 'preciate the thought, but, ain't no dog going to make me sleep safe at night.
Eugene B. Sledge: I had a dog, his name's Deacon.
Sgt. Elmo 'Gunny' Haney: You keep fucking that stovepipe. The Nips come pouring through here with fixed bayonets, you nail 'em with HE and flares as fast as you can, think you can do that?
Merriell Shelton: We got it, gunny.
Sgt. Elmo 'Gunny' Haney: I was asking Sledgehammer.
Eugene B. Sledge: Yes, Gunny.
[heads off, than turns back toward Sledgehammer]
Sgt. Elmo 'Gunny' Haney: Woof.
Merriell Shelton: [starts laughing] What the fuck was that?