By Suzanne Hanshaw
It was the afternoon of April 30, 1945, on the Philippine island of Luzon. The first scout of the attacking squad had been shot and Pedro Perez volunteered to rescue him in a hail of machine-gun fire. Even after Perez was wounded in both legs, he crawled through the brush, sparing both their lives.
It would be a miserable 7 hours before he received medical attention.
“It was about 3 o’clock in the afternoon … and I bled from there until after 10 at night,” Perez said.