Camera closes in from sea to find the boat gently
bobbing on the swells as it drifts with the current. Camera closes in
on bow of boat and then to deck. There we find Gardella squatting just
inside the railing. He is shivering and crying. In a minute or two he
wipes his face with his arm and stands. He moves to the cabin and grabs
his weapon. He moves forward to the bow of the boat and watches as the
dark water passes underneath. Close up. He is in conflict and reflects.
A thousand miles in twenty-two violent and bloody days through the heart of China with death stalking us every step of the way.
And now it's just me. A rendezvous with my people.
My people? Didn't I just leave my people?
Why am I crying? Because I have been involved in so much damn killing.
You'll just have to live with that... Can I? How can a person live with that?
I'm afraid now. Afraid of what is ahead. What will they do to me?
I have another responsibility. I know that now. But there's something else.
Like what? I've learned something, haven't I? Some sort of a discovery? But what is it? I'm not sure..
Think, damn it, think.., what is it? You know what it is...try..
Yes, you can...name it...name it!
It's just that I have had to learn so much in the
last three weeks. Enough to last a lifetime.. I mean, I am just a young
man and I have seen and done things that most people could never do in
I am young, but I am old. That's it!... I am old now
and will always be frozen in this time. There is an old man living
inside me now - even though I am still young. And when I am an old man
I will still be connected to this .. I will also be a young man. It is
a warrior's lament I guess.
And compassion, brotherhood and love were only words before. But now I understand what they mean.
Nancy,,Gunny, Scotty, Audy, Charlie, John O'Malley,
Holden, Craig and all the others.. The babies we saved..The Mongols and
the woman I love....
He drifts off into his thoughts... Silence except for
the water lapping against the bow. The boat continues drifting gently
with the current.
Suddenly a powerful thrust upward breaks the surface
of the water like a whale's breach. Gardella is startled and looks
closely as the submarine's conning tower comes into view. Soon the
entire submarine is visible. Gardella stares for a couple of minutes
and then sees the small dark shape of a raft coming into view. He hears
a crisp American command.
Ahoy, topside. Show yourself!