Trey Grizzle, Isaac Keller, Courtney Carr
The men surfaced. The bomber had overshot them and was now to the east, moving away. Two sharks were nosing around. The men had to get out of the water immediately.
Clinging to the side of Louie and Mac's raft, Phil was completely done in. The leap into the water had taken everything that was left in him."(154)
Two things from this tie into the them "When in life threatening situations drastic measures are necessary to survive". One, was they were being shot by the enemy plane and they made the drastic measure to jump into the shark invested water, where sharks were just leering around waiting, they made that decision because it was either be a shooting target or have a chance of survival with the sharks. Two. that kind of goes with number one is that they used all the energy they had phil including Mac to survive, so when they came up to the side of the raft they had nothing left but it saved them.
This ties in with the them because he took on this job not because he wanted to but because if he didn't get more food in his stomach he was going to starve to death. It wasn't much for his efforts but at least it was something. He knew this was it only shot to get more food.
These PoW's are stealing knowing that they are going to get beaten if caught, and are taking that chance to survive because their doing backbreaking work, and getting fed practically nothing, so this is what they have to result too. They are risking their health to not starve.
and how they talked to eachother louie and phil to keep their mind off of food and themselves sane.