US Marine Who Inspired HBO’s “The Pacific” Dies

Author Romus Valton “RV” Burgin, whose unflinching autobiography “Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific” helped inspire the HBO miniseries “The Pacific” has passed away, reports the Dallas Morning News.

Burgin at home in Lancaster, TX in front of mementos of his service in the Marine Corps in WWII. (Dallas Morning News)

Trained as a mortarman, Burgin’s skill with the weapon was a source of pride, and resulted in his being awarded the Bronze Star for wiping out a Japanese machinegun nest that had fellow Marines pinned.

Martin McCann played Burgin in episodes 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 of the HBO miniseries “The Pacific” (HBO)
The real RV Burgin after the battle of Peleliu (

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