Texas Marine who wrote book, basis for ‘The Pacific,” dies

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Actors Martin McCann, second from left, and Ashton Holmes, far right, pose with the U.S. Marines they portrayed in “The Pacific,” at the premiere of the ten-part HBO miniseries in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. At left is Marine Pfc. R.V. Burgin, played by McCann, and second from right is Marine Pfc. Dr. Sidney […]

A retired Marine sergeant whose book about grueling jungle combat during WWII became a basis for the HBO miniseries “The Pacific” has died at his home in Texas.

Services were scheduled Friday for R.V. Burgin of Lancaster, a Dallas suburb. His daughter, Maggie Shepherd, says her father’s health had been declining and he died in his sleep April 6. He was 96.

Shepherd said Friday that Burgin’s “Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific,” was one of several books that inspired the HBO miniseries , which premiered in 2010. Burgin was portrayed in “The Pacific” by actor Martin McCann.

Shepherd says her father, for about 35 years, never talked about his service. She says Burgin was inspired to write a book after attending some military reunions.

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