U.S. Coast Guard 1943-1945. Took part in battles of Leyte Gulf, Okinawa, Iwo Jima.
Was on LST 795. Saw Atomic bomb blast at Hiroshima.
Saw flag raised on Iwo Jima. Was on a landing craft that ferried marines to shore.
Purple heart recipient.
LST docked in Louisville in 1944 en route to Pacific from Pittsburgh where it was built. At the time, his mother lived 5 blocks from river, but the captain would not let anyone off. Subsequently, the captain went off the ship and got drunk and arrested. My grandfather, since he was from Louisville, had to go the jail and get him out.