My father was a Marine Lieutenant, serving with 4/15 on Okinawa. He was a forward observer, leading an Forward Observer Team. I never knew whether Cpl Gonsalves, by his sacrifice, saved my father’s life or if it was another officer.

At the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC, there are pictures displayed of all Marine Medal of Honor recipients. When my son graduated from Boot Camp in April 1995, Dad spent a long time just looking at Corporal Gonsalves’s photograph.

That was fifty years after that time on Okinawa.