Don Graves served two tours in the South Pacific. On February 19, 1945 his division hit the beach on Iwo Jima and secured Mt. Saribachi in three days. Thus, the famous flag raising on Mt. Saribachi. In the next five weeks of heavy fighting, the island was secured. His 5th Marine Division also served with the occupation of Japan. He was discharged January 12 1946.
He was called to Christian ministry as a pastor and singer. He has had many opportunities as a guest speaker about his experiences in WWII.