Carl recalls that after nearly a week on Iwo Jima, it was nothing short of a miracle that he was still going. As a member of the 5th Marine Division Pioneer Battalion, it was his job to unload supplies off the ships, load up the wounded, then move supplies from the beach to the depots closer to the front lines. By now, the beach was awash with burned-out, destroyed landing craft. He remembers, "There were so many of [our] Amtraks lined up, just blown up trying to make it to the stockpiles. It was horrific - something you'll never forget."