I was a officer on the USS AO71 Neshanic in the invasion force taking the island. Our unit consisted of two fleet tankers, two DEs and one Destroyer. We were attacked by ten Japanese suicide bombers; eight were shot down by gunfire, two landed on Siapan and the pilots were taken prisoner. My ship was hit by a 550 pound bomb about 75 feet from my battle station as Gunnery control officer. I sustained a burn on the back of my neck and have suffered for years with a hearing loss. About 65 men were injured with shrapnel from the bomb and debry from the hit and fire. We didn't lose anyone though and worked fueling all the fleet ships returning from the battle of the Philipine sea the next day. Our sister tanker took a bomb down her stack putting her out of commission. She lost 17 officers and enlisted men and had to be towed back to Eniwetok. After pumping out all of our oil and gasoline, we returned to Eniwetok, repaired our damage as best we could, reloaded with fuel and provisions and went back for the retaking of Guam about 15 days later. After several island engagements, we fueled the Battleship Missouri and followed her into Tokyo bay as the second ship to enter the harbor. I retired in 1962 as a Lieutenant Commander after twenty four years active service.