Kii Yazchi was being sent away to boarding school instead of going to school in the reserve.
The school changed his name to Ned Begay, Soon after he was told while in class that there had been an attack on Pearl Harbor.
The main conflict is that Kii is only 15 at the time when they are spoken to about enlisting but his parents agreed that if the war was still going on in one year he could enlist. Since he has no birth certificate he lied and said he was 18.
As the ships landed on the beach everyone waited as shells were being dropped all throughout the jungle, after the bombing stopped it was silent but it seemed to silent. And it was because as soon as the boats were emptied there was an ambush and gunshots rang out back and forth from the jungle and beach.
Although the war was slowly settling down, Kii still had to go to another island. The Americans kept things they found as souvenirs mostly a pamphlet the Japanese carried throughout war, Japanese started booby-trapping their personal items.
When the war is over the flag is planted into the ground but then replaced with a bigger flag, Kii moved to San Fransisco after he came back. The war ended after the U.S. dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan.