Recommended Reading | Island-"People's Role Model" Wang Jicai's Struggling Life (Part 1)
—— "Model of the People" Wang Jicai's Struggling Life (Part One)
■ Liu Xiaowei Wang Zhiguo
In April 2019, the author boarded Kaishan Island and saw a photo of Wang Jicai when he had just landed on the island-he was wearing a semi-old dark blue shirt with a white shirt collar slightly exposed and a smile on his face. There is also the blemish expression unique to that era. It was taken in 1986 when Wang Changjie, Minister of the People's Armed Forces of Guanyun County, sent him to Kaishan Island to serve as an island defender.
At that time, Kaishan Island was "black and white", not color.
At that time, Kaishan Island was deserted and not abundant.
At that time, Kaishan Island was just a desolate island and did not shine like a golden light.
Kaishan Island, with an area of 0.013 square kilometers, is only as big as two football fields. He stayed on this island for 32 years.
The island is so small that it can walk through every corner in as little as 20 minutes; the island is so large that it is only big and boundless with the yellow waves and the vast time like the boundless sea.
Why did Wang Jicai come to this island? What kind of vicissitudes did he taste? What kind of power pushed his wife Wang Shihua to come to the island? What kind of sadness and joy did his family experience? What kind of vicissitudes have changed in his homeland—material and spiritual?
Standing on Kaishan Island, standing in the place where Wang Jicai had been guarding, through the yellow waves, the author was looking for the answer.
△ Wang Jicai and his wife insisted on Kaishan Island for 32 years. Photo by Zhang Lei
Wang Jicai was only 26 years old when he first boarded Kaishan Island. That year was 1986. At that time, China's reform and opening up was the most prominent feature. People yearning for a happy life, they started to work, do business, move to the coast, to the special economic zone ... And this year, Wang Jicai chose to go to the island: a desolate island, an island without people, an island that is impossible to get rich, An island without electricity or even fresh water.
Kaishan Island is 12 nautical miles away from Yanwei Port. What about the Tangshan earthquake? The island has no electricity, no fresh water, no residents, weeds are thick, and the sea breeze is whistling. In the past, there was no special pier on the island.
Kaishan Island's strategic position is very important. It was once stationed by a company of the PLA. After the troop withdrawal in 1985, a militia post was established. Since then, the Guanyun County People ’s Armed Forces Department has sent 3 militiamen to the island to guard each batch, sending 4 batches in succession. Life on the island is really hard due to the lack of ship maintenance and funding guarantee. Of those on duty, the longest stayed for 13 days and the shortest stayed for only 3 days. Only Wang Jicai stayed for 32 years.
No matter how difficult the conditions are, the island must be guarded. It was a hot summer day on July 1, 1986. Wang Changjie, director of the People's Armed Forces Department of Guanyun County, sat at his desk and kept worrying. He looked carefully at the county militia files. When he saw the name of Wang Jicai, he had a little smile on his face. Wang Jicai was a suitable candidate: In 1978, Wang Jicai was elected as the No. 52 team in Luhe Township after graduating from the high school of the fourth team of Guanyun County Captain of the production team. Later, due to his outstanding performance in work and militias training, he was organized and elected as the militias battalion in the village.
This guy is a good guy. He is hard-working, and the key is not to be afraid of suffering! Wang Changjie thought.
The next day, the sun was shining, and Wang Jicai finished his breakfast, rode a bicycle, and drove towards the county town in a flying manner. Wang Jicai thought that the summer military training was approaching, and the county's Ministry of People's Armed Forces informed the county's chief militia battalion commanders to go to receive training tasks.
To the County People's Armed Forces Department, Wang Jicai went straight to the second floor.
He solemnly shouted "Report", pushed the door into Minister Wang Changjie's office, and stood somewhat restrained.
Wang Changjie simply inquired about Wang Jicai's family and opened his eyes: "Little Wang, the organization decided to transfer you to guard the Kaishan Island after an investigation and study. However, due to some difficulties in securing funds, you are currently arranged to go to the island alone. You personally have What difficulties have been raised! "
Wang Jicai suddenly stunned.
When the county's Ministry of People's Armed Forces organized militia exercises, Wang Jicai had repeatedly boarded Kaishan Island. After listening to the minister's words, his eyes suddenly dimmed, especially the words of "one person on the island", like a big stone suddenly pressing in his heart, making him feel panicked.
Minister Wang patted Wang Jicai on the shoulder and told him that although this is an organizational consideration, he also respects the will of the individual and can go back to discuss with his family.
On the way back, Wang Jicai has been pondering this. In my mind, it was the appearance of Kaishan Island in my memory for a while, and the sweet smile of Wang Su, a 3-year-old daughter, for a while. When he got home, he was so distraught that he plunged himself into bed.
My father was working in a self-retained field near the roadside. When he saw Wang Jicai riding a bicycle from a distance, he waited for his son to help in the field as usual. But after waiting for a long time, he left his farm work and went home.
When his father entered the house, Wang Jicai quickly got up and stood in the room.
After the father sat down, he filled the dry tobacco bag with shredded tobacco, then compacted it, and ignited it, until the smoke ring rose a little, and he didn't speak before Wang Ji said, and asked his son, "Say, what are you talking about?"
Wang Jicai was busy telling his father what the minister was about to send him to defend the island.
"I don't really want to go." Wang Jicai said.
"Talk about it, why don't you want to go?" My father asked.
"The child is still young and inseparable. In addition, there is no water or electricity on the island, and no one else will go, and only sends me on duty. Moreover, there is no special support for security, and it is all on your own."
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