At sea during WWII, Wesley was manning his gun turret during an attack. His friend on the next gun was having trouble with his gun so they switched…and his friend was killed instantly. He survived the 1944 Typhoon in Western Pacific, just off the Luzon Strait, which 3 sunk destroyers and caused the loss of over 500 men. (eyewitness accounts of the great typhoon follow).

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