Here is Guy's tribute:
"An American hero and close family friend passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning. Don H_____ was part of the third wave to land at Betio Atoll in November 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa.
He and survivors of his landing craft, which had foundered on the sharp coral reef that was exposed by lower than expected tides, dragged a 40-millimeter anti-aircraft gun ashore. Many Marines were shot by the defending Japanese before they even made it ashore, some drowned under the weight of their gear, but a few, like Don, made it to the relative safety of a sea wall. He survived four days of grenade attacks, banzai charges, and incessant small arms and artillery fire to advance the equivalent of six football fields before it was all over. That made him a veteran....
Coming home, marrying Lynn H____, getting a job, raising his kids, paying his taxes and living another 69 years with the nightmares and scars of war made him a hero. Farewell, old friend...and Semper Fidelis."