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Published on Feb 11, 2011
Recently my grandfather came out to visit me so I took the opportunity to record his personal account as a WWII Veteran.
David Westman Wik joined the Navy at just 16 years old and served primarily as a gunner aboard the Destroyer USS Somers in the south Atlantic doing neutrality patrol, and escorting convoys. After leaving the Somers and completing commando training, he was then reassigned as a flight engineer aboard the USS Norton Sound (Seaplane Tender) for the Pacific War effort. Impressing R. Admiral John R. Perry, he was given flight engineer duties for R.Admiral Perry's trips around the South Pacific.
Sustaining bullet and shrapnel wounds from an attacking Japanese Zero, he recounts the story of receiving the Bronze Star and what 'medals' mean to him.
I have many more accounts that I will be uploading soon.
Edit 7/22/13 I say "Purple Heart" in the video when asking him and so does he. My dad thinks he means Bronze Star, but I am not sure. His philosophy on medals is that they are useless and that he'd rather find a good nut and bolt because it has a use. At any rate, he has multiple embedded shrapnel in his legs and sustained a very serious hand injury while manning his gun on the Somers.