John J. Wiest
John lives in Williamstown, PA. He served in U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater. John's ship was torpedoed by a Japanese war plane and was sunk. John threw on a life vest but a fellow sailor who was hanging onto John's vest did not survive as they both were pulled under water by the sinking ship's water vacuum. John was also bleeding from bullet wounds in the neck, back, and leg and was in danger of losing his leg. The blood from all the wounded men and women attracted sharks as they were all floating in warm shark invested waters off the coast of Okinawa. They were not sure if they were going to be rescued or even survive. John was ultimately rescued and faced a long recovery. At almost 88 years old, he still feels the pains of his wounds but is proud that he served his country to protect our freedom.
John, your heroic story of sacrifice for our freedom is historic and honorable. We admire and salute you; we're proud and honored to be in your presence. God Bless You and Thank You!