R. V. Burgin served as a sergeant in the First Marine Division in World
War II. He is a veteran of the campaigns for New Georgia, Peleliu, and
Okinawa and was awarded a Bronze Star for his actions in the Battle of
Okinawa in 1945. He was featured in Eugene Sledge’s classic memoir With the Old Breed, and he is portrayed in HBO’s dramatic series The Pacific, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.