Guy Louis Gabaldon, US Marine

March 22, 1926 is the birthday of Guy Louis Gabaldon, a US Marine who was a hero of the 1944 Battle of Saipan in World War II (1939 – 1945).  During his troubled youth, the Mexican-American Gabaldon was adopted by a Japanese-American family.  Gabaldon later used his knowledge of Japanese language and culture to persuade about 1,500 Japanese soldiers and civilians to surrender.  He was awarded the Navy Cross Medal.  Gabaldon’s story was memorialized in the 1960 Hollywood film, “Hell to Eternity”.

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