Branch: Merchant Marines
Rank: Seaman 2nd Class
Job duty: Helmsman (steers the ship)
Highlight of an experience or memory from WWII: Years of Military Service: 14 months (3 tours in the Pacific) during WWII. After high school graduation, an additional 20 years in the Army Air Corp, then Air Force. WWII Memory or Experience: In 1944, at the age of 16, I joined the Merchant Marines. In 1945, I witnessed Kamikaze attacks on the U.S. Naval Fleet at Okinawa.