He joined the team under "Boss" Eddie Blake, the former Comedian of the Minutemen. Their mission was to map Japanese caves to be demolished. They were ambushed by a sniper and the fled straight into a minefield. Six of his team were killed, with their fireman falling on a mine. After a big explosion pushed him and Blake away and they blacked out. A native Soloman mother and her child who made their living as scavengers helped him on his feet and together they dragged Blake to their hideout where they were tended. When they were able to, he and Blake swam their way back to their base.