He served during WWII on board an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific called the USS White Plains.
It was on October 25, 1944 that he and his shipmates faced off against over-whelming odds the Japanese Navy.
He found himself square in the middle of what would become the largest Naval battle in the history of the world.
His ship that day came under brutal attack and was the closest ship to the Japanese Navy as they opened fire.
At the very top of this photo shown below, the USS White Plains can be seen as shots and shells from enemy fire are splashing around his ship.
In the photo below, a Kamikaze Pilot in a Mitsubishi Zero takes aim at his ship as men aboard the White Plains return fire. The plane was shot down and caused 11 casualties on board the White Plains.
The USS White Plains became the first ship attacked during the war by Kamikaze pilots.
Dad survived, earning a Presidential citation for his role in this battle and returned home.
He married his sweetheart he had met during the war, and quietly began raising his family.
He can be seen here in this photo after the war, standing tall with my mother…in much calmer waters.