World War II veteran Gordon Schnulle's widow, Dorothy, was presented a joint resolution from both state Houses honoring Schnulle's life Wednesday at the Elgin VFW Post 1307.
A gathering of family and friends were on hand to remember and talk about Schnulle's life and his contributions.
"Gordon was a true hero and he never stopped being a hero," State Sen. Michael Noland said of his friend.
Schnulle was in the eighth wave of Marines to storm the beach during the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945, and one of 39 survivors from his company of 266 in a battle that was expected to last five days but instead stretched to 36.
Schnulle, served four years in the Marine Corps before returning home to Elgin where he worked for 30 years as an engineer at Elgin Corrugated Box Co.
May 8 would have been Gordon and Dorothy's 66th wedding anniversary.