After the war Phil went home to Indiana where he finally was able to marry and raise a family with Cecy. Both became teachers at Kesling Middle School, and although Phil kept in contact with Louie, he was content to never talk about his war experience, or even tell people he even had one for that matter. One of Phil’s co-workers at Kesling Middle School states “he never even heard about the incident until he was speaking to Phillip’s wife Cecile” (Matt Fritz 1). Phil died on December 18, 1998.
On the second night, Graham asked people to step forward to declare their faith. Louie stood up and stormed toward the exit. But at the aisle, he stopped short.
Suddenly he was in a flashback, adrift on the raft. It hadn’t rained in days, and he was dying of thirst. In anguish, he whispered a prayer: If you will save me, I will serve you forever. Over the raft, rain began falling. Standing in Graham’s tent, lost in his flashback, Louie felt the rain on his face.
At that moment Louie began to see his whole ordeal differently. When he’d been trapped in the wreckage of his plane, somehow he’d been freed. When the Japanese bomber had shot the raft full of holes, somehow none of the men had been hit.