Hero of Battle of Saipan Dies at 80

Guy Gabaldon, a Marine who singlehandedly got over a thousand Japanese soldiers to surrender during the Battle of Saipan, died last week at the age of 80 in his Florida home. He was known at the ‘Pied Piper of Saipan’ for his actions during the US capture of the island, including one day in July 1944 when the 18 year old Marine private captured 800 Japanese soldiers.

Gabaldon’s exploits were immortalized in the 1960, Hell to Eternity, starring Jeffrey Hunter. For his actions Gabaldon was awarded the Navy Cross.