It would take R.V. Burgin, who joined the Marine Corp in 1942, thirty years to speak about his experiences during WWII. He would serve in the 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division and would make his way through the Pacific fighting in some of the bloodiest battles of the war; Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa. He would be awarded the Bronze Star for his actions during the Battle of Okinawa, and a Purple Heart for sustaining wounds. Submission for being awarded the Silver Star for his actions on Peleliu, had been planned but Captain Haldane was killed before he was able to submit the paperwork. RV authored the book "Islands of the Damned" a memoir of his combat experiences and is portrayed in HBO miniseries, "The Pacific".