This is the story of Thomas Murphy Jr., 85, of Chillicothe. In 1944, Murphy joined the Navy. His tale is one of courage and true testament to the United States military in World War II.

Aboard the USS Auburn, he saw the raising of the flag on Mt. Surabachi, the eventual surrender of the Japanese forces, the atomic explosion at Nagasaki, and the devastating aftermath.

Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Murphy (full interview):

Thomas Murphy Jr.