Chap15, part 5
Bill Cherry and Col. Adamson were transferred from their temporary quaters to the hospital a litle later. The Colonel still was in misery because of salt water ulcers.
Bartek insisted he felt chipper and insisted on being photographed with Rickenbacker. The doctors tole him he was not nearly as well as he imagined. The lad continued to ask, however. At length Rick, whom Bartek couldn't see, winked at us and turned loose one of those bellows we all knew so well:
"You stay right where you are pipe down! Do you want to get me on on of my mads again? Well, do you?"
Deep silence from the next room. On the night Rick and Bartek were being carried ashore from the rescue boat, Rick had said to him:
"Better thank God for that Testament of yours, son. You see now what faith can do for a man."