Branch: U.S. Navy
Rank: AMS-2C [Aviation Metal Smith – Second Class]
Job duty: Aircraft maintenance, aerial gunner, radio operator
Years of service: 8
Highlight of an experience or memory from WWII: In August 1945 as an observer and gunner on a recon strike for Japanese kamikaze planes, being hit and surviving a shattered canopy.
Nice memory: Following a ceremony on my way to my plane, I gave my white cap to a boy who shouted, “Look mommy, a real Navy fighter.”