Wickliffe – The guest speaker at the Kentucky Veteran and Patriot Museum’s Veterans’ Day 2013 program was Bill McGee, who served in the United States Navy (USN), is a World War II veteran and Korean Conflict veteran. The almost 90 year old McGee stated that he served on a tender, a destroyer or submarine that was deployed to keep submarines and destroyers in good repair and supplied during WWII and the Korean Conflict.
McGee reminisced about being in Japan during World War II. McGee and his fellow crew members docked in Nagasaki Bay and were allowed to come ashore. McGee continued by saying that the USN was able to walk around Nagasaki after the atomic bomb was dropped on it. He recalls picking up rubble. At this point in time, the Japanese were not able enter the area. His perception was that there was little regard to having been exposed to nuclear reactive materials.