R.V. Burgin and William Marvel 2010
R.V. Burgin (foreground) and William Marvel posed at Burgin's home in Lancaster, Texas on April 30, 2010. Marvel ghostwrote Burgin's memoir, "Islands of the Damned," which recounted Burgin's combat experience as a US Marine in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Burgin was later portrayed by actor Martin McCann in "The Pacific," an HBO miniseries from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.