On the movie set with Jeffrey Hunter, Vic Damone, David Janssen
Without a doubt, World War II had more acts of bravery, Medals of Honor awarded, and more incredible exploits and stories to tell than any other war or conflict in U.S. history. Case in point: Guy Gabaldon, U.S. Marine.
Guy, who at a very young age became parentless and was adopted by a Japanese-American family (and learned to read, write and speak perfect Japanese), became a Marine when the Second World War broke out. But what he did in that war is utterly astonishing!
At the mere age of 18, Guy Gabaldon captured (or persuaded to surrender) roughly 1,500 Japanese soldiers and civilians during the Battles of Saipan and Tinian (1944). For these actions, he was nominated for the Medal of Honor, but was instead awarded the Silver Star, which was later upgraded to the Navy Cross Medal. His exploits were the basis for the 1960 Hollywood film Hell to Eternity. His friends called him Gabby, but he remained a Marine’s Marine to all his fellow Leathernecks until his death in 2006.
The movie, starring Jeffrey Hunter, is a great one, and all of us here at the 59 VETERANS PROJECT recommend you catch it when you can; and Guy’s autobiography, “Saipan: Suicide Island.”
To read more about Guy Gabaldon, visit this great site online: http://www.somosprimos.com/guy/guy.htm. To learn about the 59 VETERANS PROJECT and our enterprise to help veterans, please visit our website here: http://59veterans.com/.
“The first night I was on Saipan, I went out on my own…I always worked on my own, and brought back two prisoners using my backstreet Japanese.” –Guy Gabaldon