Eugene Sledge - Writer of, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa, one of the most well known first-hand memoirs about the War in the Pacific. Was a US Marine in the 1st Marine Division, surviving some of the grizzliest WWII battles, which he did describe in detail. Later went on to become a university professor. His writings are used frequently for resource material, and work as a basis to the HBO miniseries, The Pacific.
Sergeant Michael Strank (10 Nov 1919–1 Mar 1945) was one of the six Marines who raised the second flag on Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He died on Iwo Jima on 1 March 1945 when his squad came under heavy fire and was hit by friendly fire by an American shell. His death made him the first—but certainly not the last—man photographed raising the flag to die in battle.