Hell to Eternity is a 1960 World War II epic about the life of U.S. Marine Guy Gabaldon (Jeffrey Hunter). Orphaned during the Great Depression 1930s, Gabaldon is adopted by a Japanese American family. Learning Japanese culture and language becomes a valuable tool for Gabaldon during his stint in the military. When the bombing of Pearl Harbor takes place, Gabaldon's family is sent to a Japanese internment facility. After initially being turned down by the Navy, Gabaldon enlists in the Marine Corps. After scrapping the plans for a full-scale invasion of the Japanese mainland, the U.S. opts to invade Saipan. As a member of the Marines 4th Division, Gabaldon used his "backstreet" Japanese language skills to convince more than 1,500 Japanese soldiers and civilians to surrender. For his efforts, he is nominated for the Medal of Honor but won the Silver Cross instead. This honor was upgraded to the Navy Cross Medal for his brave actions.