IamA 90 year old coal miner and WW2 and Korean War Navy veteran who was at Okinawa and participated in the Bikina Atoll nuclear testing AMA!
I'm his grandson and will be fielding the questions. He grew up in coal country Pennsylvania then served in the Pacific on a transport ship where he saw kamikaze attacks, gas
attacksscreens and mass Japanese suicides. The ship was named the USS George Clymer. He was all over the Pacific including the Hawaiian Islands, the Philippines, Okinawa, Leyte, New Zealand, Guam, Japan. Aboard ship he worked in personnel, boxed and was a cartoonist. He then participated in Operation Crossroads in 1946 which was part of the Bikini Atoll nuclear tests.
I'll be fielding questions for as long as you guys are interested.
ACTUAL PROOF (with date): http://imgur.com/WfwHN7p
EDIT: The interest so far is awesome. Thanks guys. Keep in mind that at his age some of the dates or places may be mixed up. I'm trying to catch what I can. Also, for anyone interested, he has written a memoir about his wartime days which I plan on putting up as a website and possibly a physical copy soon with pictures and his cartoons.
EDIT2: Big edit. During the Korean War, he was actually stateside at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. I always thought he didn't go overseas to Korea but this morning he said he did. Turns out he thought I was talking about WW2 still and mixed them up. He was in the military during the Korean War but only overseas during WW2 . Apologies!
EDIT3: Also, I realize I spelled Bikini Atoll wrong in the title.
EDIT4: The response to this has been incredible. He enjoyed it and I'm tremendously grateful there's this much interest in his story. Thank you all. I love Reddit. We're winding down for now. I'll try to keep up with additional questions later.
EDIT5: I should have caught this earlier but the gas attacks were not from the Japanese. It was from the United States who used the gas as a screen to hide the ships.