#VeteranOfTheDay John Woolston


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy World War II Veteran John Woolston.

John served on the USS Indianapolis during World War II. The ship was assigned to deliver the final parts to the atomic bomb codenamed “Little Boy.” On its way back to the fleet, USS Indianapolis was torpedoed and eventually sank. Tragically many lives were lost, but John was one of 317 survivors. While waiting for rescue, he persisted against horrific conditions, such as threats from sharks, starvation and thirst.

John and his story continue to resonate with the people he meets. On a recent Alaska Airlines flight, the captain of the flight had this to say about him: “In today’s world we throw the term hero around rather lightly. We use it to describe someone who can hit a ball the hardest or run the fastest. But this man standing next to me is a real hero.”

Thank you for your service, John!

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much of the information as you can put together with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating for how to create the best submission.


Lyly Luhachack

Lyly Luhachack is a graduate student at New York University School of Medicine, with a focus in biochemistry. She is also a Social Media Intern for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.